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5 Trends in 3D Printing Technologies

The media hype for 3D printing has been very high in the last few years. Although it is nothing new in printing industry there are still some exciting 3D-printed innovations entering the market. Anyway there are some interesting developments, which are worth keeping an eye on. This is why we gathered some trends in 3D printing technologies, which printing professionals should bear in mind for the future.

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Bones Made Out of Ink

Bone implantation surgeries are painful and complicated. With the aim to change the constitution of bone implants and to help especially pediatric patients, Ramille Shah, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, and several researchers have teamed up to develop an ink, which can be used to 3D-print flexible bone implants. By offering a cheap and versatile way of injury treatment, this new material could revolutionize the way implantations are done.

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Printing Micro-Optics

3D printing has revolutionized how we walk through printed shoes, how we live through printed houses and now German researchers brought it another leap forward. With their new micron-scale optics, they want to make medicine and other fields much more efficient. Even though other companies and universities have already come up with 3D-printed fiber optics in the past, this new optic drives the production of nano-optics in another way.

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How 3D Printing Can Save the Environment

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In recent years, 3D printing is experiencing a boom. While helping to design and create products faster than ever before, this technology also known as additive manufacturing is revolutionizing every field it enters. The result is that it is becoming more affordable. So, it has great potential in many areas – even when it comes to environmental issues.

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3D Printing Syria’s Cultural Heritage

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In the past centuries, several cultural assets have been destroyed due to iconoclasm. A graphic example is the Arch of Palmyra in Syria. Originally, it has been the entryway to the Temple of Baal and should demonstrate the extreme prosperity of the city. In 1980, the UNSECO added the historical building to its list of world heritages. But in October 2015 it finally was destroyed. Therefore the Institute of Digital Archaeology developed a technology, which is able to 3D print replicas of endangered monuments based on specifically edited images.

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Can Coral Reefs be Saved by 3D Printing?

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Climate change, disease, pollution, unsustainable fishing, and dredging are major threats to coral reefs. The WWF states that almost 30 percent of the world's coral reefs have already disappeared and estimates that 60 percent of them will be destroyed over the next 30 years, if no changes occur. 3D printing now offers the chance to repair the damage already done and avoid larger damage.

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3D Printings Solves the Cold Case of Lucy

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Have you ever heard of the ‘mother of mankind’ Lucy? She or at least her remains are one of the oldest and best-preserved fossils of the ancestors of modern man. There are many hypotheses of how she really died. 3D printing technology now made it possible to finally solve the cold case of Lucy’s death and opens up new perspectives in the study of fossils.

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