BioBot launches skin printer for 10.000 $
After partnering with about 50 research facilities around the globe, BioBots now finally introduces its first commercially available bioprinter, the BioBot 1 for 10.000 $. The company isn’t the first one to create a 3D printer capable of producing human tissue, but the key difference lies with the bio-ink. This ink contains a photoinitiator powder, which solidifies after it is hit with a certain wavelength of blue light allowing the machine to print biomaterial without the need for UV light or pressure.
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Samsung patents multi-color 3D printing
Last year, Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics announced it will not enter the 3D printer business in the next 10 years. Nevertheless, the company has now been granted a patent for 3D printing by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Samsung’s patent seems to be based on its own technology making it possible to print in a variety of colors with multicolor inks.
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Canon introduces new wide format workflow
Canon has launched a new version of its Onyx workflow software. The company says Onyx 12 makes printing more predictable and offers faster rip performance, a simplified user interface, and advanced finishing tools for easier and faster production. As a result, Files that took a full minute to rip on previous versions can now be processed in about 15 seconds.
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Experiments with 4D printed muscles
Turning 3D into 4D printing means adding the dimension of time. The 3D printed object changes its shape over time after being exposed to a physical impulse, such as humidity, sound waves, and higher or lower temperatures. Researchers from Nottingham Trent University are working on their own version of 4D printing for medical use. The scientists are exploring the fabrication of artificial muscle by sending low energy electric signals to the flexible tubular structure and causing it to change its form.
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Fastest land vehicle features 3D printed components
This week, the Bloodhound Supersonic car, which is attempting to become the fastest land vehicle ever surpassing 1000mph, is to be unveiled. A significant number of its components, including its extremely tailored steering wheel and carbon fiber nose tip, have been 3D printed.
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HP presents PageWide Web Presses powered by HDNA technology
HP has launched its first two high-speed web inkjet presses powered by High Definition Nozzle Architecture technology. The company said the new machines open new publishing, direct mail and general commercial printing application opportunities such as color trade publications, posters and banners up to 2.74m long, as well as high-end retail brochures and catalogues.
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Talking beer bottles
The times in which packaging is promptly discarded after opening may be over soon. More and more brand owners see packaging not only as a way to attract consumers’ attention but also as a means to add value and fun to their products. Belgian Brewery Martens launched a new brand of beer coming to life with a beer smartphone application. With the app, F.C. Kampioenen characters printed on the bottles deliver special performances on the smartphone. For example, when two bottles are brought together, the app shows a dialog between the characters.
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