CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by FATHOM
HoloFlex 3D Printed Smartphone with Flexible Screen, MIT’s 3D Printed Live Action Interface, Capturing Motion with 3D Printing, 3D Printing Featured at Met Gala, Custom Wheelchairs, FDA & 3D Printing
With so many weekly developments in a fast-changing industry like additive manufacturing, the headlines can really stack up. To cut through the clutter of 3D printing news, check out these staff picks of the week. What do you think is the most impactful development?
MIT’s Tangible Media Group unveiled a skunkworks project, entitled “Materiables,” demonstrating unprecedented live interface interaction through the conjunction of 3D printed physical “pixels,” individual motors and sensors connected to each component, and high-precision projection.
In its current iteration, it appears to be a work of modern art, but the team anticipates the technology being applicable in all sorts of “geophysics models, medical exploration, and material interaction” // Read More // Watch Full Video
Researchers from the Canadian Queen’s University Human Media Lab have just unveiled the world’s first 3D printed holographic flexible smartphone, which features bendable screen technology and 3D imaging capacity.
Autodesk released “ChronoFab,” design and 3D printing software that is able to indicate and simulate motion through form. The software “allows you to depict both movement and the passing of time” through motion lines, multiple stroboscopic stamps, sweeps, and particle trails // Read More // Watch Full Video
A unique flexible material has been developed at the Imperial College London and University of Milano-Biocca that could potentially be used to help repair damaged cartilage, including the cartilage material between vertebrae. This “bio-glass” material can mimic the shock-absorbing properties of real cartilage to relieve patients’ pain, while also helping to stimulate the growth of natural tissue // Read More // Watch Full Video
The FDA has issued a draft of guidelines for 3D printed medical devices and has requested comments and suggestions regarding the draft from industry insiders. The proposal is a major step forward in the widespread adoption of the technology in the medical field, which has already seen its first FDA-approved 3D printed drug // Read More
Design company Layer has created the first 3D printed consumer wheelchair, set to debut at 2016 Clerkenwell Design Week. The project’s goal was to “change the general public’s perception of a wheelchair as a medical device and instead treat it more as a consumer device that can be personalized based on individual needs” // Read More
At the 2016 Met Gala, the showcase exhibit and theme reflected the conjunction of technology and fashion.
“Manus x Machina” intended to pit together two motivations traditionally at odds—the highly bespoke and high-end world of exclusive fashion, and the typical use of technology in clothing manufacture (mass production). 3D printing was featured throughout the event, with many guests and models wearing get-ups either partially or fully created through the utilization of additive manufacturing // Read More
In our download section this week, we’re featuring a 3D printable lamp inspired by one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. A collaboration between FabShop and Maison&Objet, the “Paris Lamp” is available for free download // Learn More
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