Posts Tagged ‘future of 3D printing’

3D-Printed Drugs: A Pill for Everything?

Posted Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by .

Despite a bit of controversy here and there, 3D printing has taken the world by storm, and the debate is about to get real. Scientists have been printing tissues, organs, and appendages with 3D printers, and now they are printing drugs. You read that right: 3D-printed drugs.

It was Aprecia Pharmaceuticals that developed the world’s first 3D-printed drug. The company picked up exclusive rights to 3D-printed technology for pharmaceutical purposes in 2007, and recently announced the development of Spritam, a drug used to treat seizures.


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3D-Printed Back to School Shopping

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by .

If back-to-school shopping makes you want to crawl back into bed, you need to learn about 3D-printed school supplies. A variety of back-to-school products are being produced with some of the latest technology. This blog will detail a few options that you might want to put on your shopping list.

Get the Basics

It’s amazing what has been created with 3D printers, and that includes basic school and office supplies. You can find just about everything on your list, from erasers to tape measures. (One author discusses a mechanical pencil that was made to store extra lead.) Don’t forget a cool pencil holder!


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The Future of 3D-Printed Office Wear

Posted Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by .

Evidently, Karl Lagerfeld stunned audiences at Paris Fashion week when he unveiled a 3D-printed version of the classic Chanel suit. The head designer for Chanel has never been one to shy away from risks, and with this type of venturesome spirit as inspiration, this blog will focus on 3D-printed clothing you can wear to the office.


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Educational, Entertaining, and Useful 3D Printing

Posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by .

Have you heard the news? Sam’s Club has started to sell 3D printers. In a press release, they call the Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer “just right for the office, classroom, or home.” On the Sam’s Club website, they have it listed at $1375, though this is crossed out and the page says the price is “too low to show.”

The Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer challenges the user to “unleash creativity” with a machine that is described as “educational, entertaining, and useful.” This blog is about ways to use your very own Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer for these very reasons.

3D Printing for Education

You don’t have to be in a classroom to teach others, and with 3D printers you can enrich any lesson to the fullest. From apples to zebras, you can print out all the essentials you’ll need to make learning hands-on fun for everyone. Here’s a great example: a map/puzzle of the United States which will make geography lessons exciting!


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3D Printing Hobbies

Posted Thursday, February 5th, 2015 by .

In addition to a variety of other bizarre and unique holidays, did you know that January is also National Hobby Month? There’s no better excuse for you and your loved ones to explore new and exciting activities. Luckily, there’s a world of options right at your fingertips. Welcome to the wonderful and innovative world of 3D printing.

If You’re Lego or Collectible Crazy

If you have a Lego lover at home, the mini milling machine is perfect for creating all those coveted mini figures. Likewise, this little printer can make a variety of smaller objects such as beads, party favors, and the like. Check out a video of a milling machine in action here. The sky is the limit with what you can create!


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Incredible 3D Printing Advancements

Posted Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by .

We’ve previously talked about the amazing feats that 3D printing are close to bringing our every day lives. Every week, there’s a new frontier breached by the technology that’s benefiting lives in ways that we (and probably you) didn’t think would be possible. One day, this blog post will be printed in 3D (probably not). Check out advances in 3D printing that are impacting military aircraft, food, and outer space!


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New Developments in 3D Printing: Blood, Drawing, and T-Rex Bones

Posted Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 by .

3D printing is always pushing to new horizons. Whether it’s in the field of medicine, technical gadgets or interactive learning, 3D printing is about creating improvements for our lives or recreating experiences as you will soon read about. Check out some of the newest developments.

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What’s on the 3D Printing Horizon

Posted Thursday, May 29th, 2014 by .

The ability to print in 3D is constantly growing to include new materials and unbelievable feats. Here are a few new horizons that are opening up in 3D printing.


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3D Printing Human Organs

Posted Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by .

Printing Liver Tissue

3D printing liver tissue. Image: Organovo.com

The story sounds like something out of a horror movie, or at least a dark science fiction film. Nevertheless, scientists are already using 3D printing technology for printing and testing live tissue with an eye toward replacement organs. While it might sound a bit like a modern reboot of “Frankenstein”, their research could eventually lead to life-saving procedures and shorter organ donor waiting lists. How far are we from printing entire replacement bodies? Continue reading “3D Printing Human Organs” »

The Possibilities of a 3D Printer

Posted Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by .

3D printing technology is relatively new, finding its beginnings in the 1980s, but the progress it has made and the future it holds summon nothing less than amazement. With new materials being introduced into the 3D printing process, the possibilities seem endless. In addition to the lure of printing common, everyday items, the technology is building excitement for the opportunities it carries in medicine and health care. 3D printing is now making waves in food production, industry materials, and even medicine!

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