July 2016

Zizzy, a 3D printed soft robot for those with limited mobility

2016-10-19T10:05:30+00:00 July 31st, 2016|English, News|

Designer Michael Roybal has created “Zizzy,” a 3D printed personal robot designed to help those with limited mobility. The robot, which took a full year to develop, uses 3D printable pneumatic muscles made from Ninjaflex filament, and can move objects using 3D printed grippers. 3D printing, that most versatile of manufacturing arts, has already been [...]

3D printed flexible cubes that could be used for prosthetics and wearables

2016-10-19T10:05:30+00:00 July 30th, 2016|English, News|

As Minecraft proved to the world, blocks – regardless of their size – are at the core of every possible structure. But what if those blocks themselves could perform certain functions, without the need for complex electronics and motors? That, in a nutshell, is what a team of Dutch researchers have developed in collaboration with [...]

FDA’s draft guidance for 3D printed medical devices receives just 3 comments

2016-07-26T16:30:19+00:00 July 29th, 2016|English, News|

The FDA’s draft guidance on 3D printed medical devices, released in May and open for comment until August 8, has received just three public comments. The FDA had sought to receive significant industry feedback on its draft in order to devise a fair and comprehensive set of rules. When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [...]

Come la stampa 3D può aiutare i rifugiati di guerra dalla Siria all’Europa

2016-10-19T10:05:30+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Italian, OBMinitiative|

This is the story of Hasem Asna, Syrian war refugee who discovered 3D printing as a useful tool to help from everywhere other refugees escaping the war. An article by our guest Maria Chiara Corvasce. "L'esplosione è stata così forte che non ho nemmeno capito che la mia gamba non c'era più. È successo tutto [...]

French startup Biomodex is 3D printing ultra-realistic organs to help train doctors

2016-10-19T10:05:30+00:00 July 27th, 2016|English, News|

3D printing technologies have proved themselves to be beneficial within the medical sector in a number of ways, including the timely manufacturing of custom-designed implants and prosthetics, as well as the creation of bespoke anatomical parts for surgical planning and training. This latter application has the potential to not only help doctors become familiar with [...]

South Korea retail giant Lotte 3D foot scanning system for customized shoes

2016-10-19T10:05:30+00:00 July 25th, 2016|English, News|

Lotte Department Store, a major Korean retailer, will today implement a new 3D foot scanner at its flagship store in Myeongdong, giving shoppers quick and accurate measurements for custom shoe orders. The 3D scanner, made by Volumental, will be introduced to other locations from July 29. Thanks to a new 3D scanning system, shoe-shoppers in [...]

Red crowned crane receives 3D printed beak

2016-07-23T12:24:30+00:00 July 24th, 2016|English, News|

With the exception of the infamous cock-fighting rings, bird fights aren’t normally those associated with guts and gore in the animal kingdom. However, I’ve come to believe that this is only because most of us haven’t spent a great deal of time observing avian behavior as these creatures can be just as vicious, albeit in some [...]

3D printed titanium facial and skull implants by DePuy Synthes

2016-10-19T10:05:31+00:00 July 23rd, 2016|English, News|

ePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson company specializing in medical devices, has announced an agreement with 3D printing giant Materialise to introduce a new range of TruMatch titanium 3D printed implants for facial and skull disorders. The patient-specific implants will be modeled on CT scans. One of the most exciting aspects of medical 3D printing [...]

RoboGlove, la mano robotica di General Motors e NASA per aiutare gli operai

2016-10-19T10:05:31+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Italian, OBMinitiative|

Exoskeletons and robotic hands: not only to help people with disabilities but also to improve the work of the workers on assembly lines. Thanks to our host Giulia Paganoni, who offers us a new perspective on assistive technologies. Negli ultimi decenni l’industria automobilistica è al centro di importati cambiamenti che coinvolgono aziende di diversi settori che poco [...]

3D printing assist University of Virginia doctor with nasal endoscopy training

2016-10-19T10:05:31+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|English, News|

Dr. Jose Gurrola II, a doctor at the University of Virginia Health System, has been using 3D printed skulls at his otolaryngology clinic to teach students how to perform a nasal endoscopy: inserting a camera with a long scope down a patient’s nasal cavity. When suffering from severe nasal problems—nosebleeds, chronic sinusitis, brain fluid leaks, and [...]