What’s up today in the world of 3D printing? We’re glad you asked.
A workaround for arthrogryposis. If you’ve never heard the previous word, it’s a medical condition that hinders a person’s arm muscles from developing properly. Four-year old Hannah Faith suffers from it, but the good folks at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., have developed a solution of sorts: a pair of 3D-printed arms that will enable little Hannah to hug, lift, eat and more.
3D-printing a house in 24 hours. Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California claims to have developed a giant 3D concrete printer that can build a 2,500-square-foot house in 24 hours. Imagine how useful this would be in the event of emergencies that require temporary housing, to provide shelter for the homeless, or to set up a temporary office at a worksite.
3D-print your dessert. One of the leaders in bringing 3D printing to the masses, 3D Systems, has unveiled its line of ChefJet 3D sugar printers. Likely to be targeted at restaurants more than consumers, ChefJet won’t come cheap, starting at “under $5,000.” Yum?
3D-printing fossils. For decades, scientists have duplicated fossils using latex casts. Now scientists at the University of Oregon are 3D-printing a duplicate of a rare saber-toothed salmon fossil.
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