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3D printing technologies remain unstoppable. This is why our weekly future links revolve around their advancement and versatile application possibilities. Be it movies, police work or design processes from Los Angeles to Hong Kong – we illuminate this diverse topic in all its facets.

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Imagine this scenario: You are sitting in a nice restaurant, maybe celebrating your anniversary, maybe enjoying a long-planned evening with friends, but definitely looking forward to an exquisite meal. Then your food is being prepared by nothing less than … a printer. Dreams of the future?

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Here comes a special edition of our weekly future links revolving around the most important news from the 3D printing industry. They feature 3D-printed phone cases working as cancer detectors, adidas’ revolution of the shoe manufacturing sector, MIT’s development of an undo function for 3D printing, and Titan Robotics’ new 5-print-head 3D printer.

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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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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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Our very first future links in 2017 are all about trends in the printing industry. They give an outlook on drupa 2020, provide a forecast for the global 3D printing market and predict developments for the label and package printing industry. Additionally, they also look back on drupa 2016 and its great success.

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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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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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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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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.