MakerBot has signed an agreement with Fraemes, a manufacturer of customized iPhone cases, whereby the two companies will enhance the possibility for users of smartphones Apple 3D print your own designs or those who offer solutions catalog these companies.
3D printing technology is going strong. Although some of the techniques were developed in the 80s and are used industrially for a long time, the first domestic 3D printers are relatively new, so we have even just leaning out of a universe that sets before us a virtually infinite possibilities. So anyone who decides to get one of them you can make in your own home a huge range of parts in materials such as ABS plastic or PLA, a biodegradable polymer hard enough.
Precisely, this is what really makes this technology attractive the possibility of making virtually any object we imagine ourselves, or use as a model parts we find on the Internet. The possibilities are endless decorative figurines, home accessories, toys, shoes, cases for your mobile phone … Yes, even can design and manufacture a sleeve that fits like a glove to our smartphone, among many other applications. Let’s look at this technology.
The field of 3D printers continues, along with new applications and functions around them still they appear to grow. And we have seen within the field of medicine, the construction of structures, prostheses, cars, finally, we are reaching a point where everything is possible through 3D printing. Of course, for this to come massively, it is needed before the printers and materials price reduction, so that the average consumer reach and start your real deployment.
Astronomy buffs are in luck. A London group of experts in the manufacture of telescopes designed and developed a system for building a robotic telescope from a 3D printer. His project, published Open Source license provides access to a telescope of high performance at a ridiculous cost compared to its performance.
The use of 3D printers in the medical field is usually associated with prostheses and even organs intended for tests or simulations of operations. But from the School of Pharmacy at the University College London proposed a simple and practical direct use print on demand medication.
As researchers of this center in The Pharmaceutical Journal, 3D printing has significant potential to turn the drug industry to a more individualized and less global model include: a patient comes to the pharmacy and there will be printed according to prescribed drugs your needs.
The evolution of 3D printers still trying to propose alternatives to manufacturing processes, and now comes an alternative that could be useful in the transition. Neil Hopkinson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Sheffield, has already been working in high-speed sintering, and the technology is already in an advanced stage of development.
So far 3D printing has gradually been part of various disciplines in search of lower costs and always have the tools or articles reach almost immediately. Thus we have seen the participation of 3D printing in fields such as medicine and recently in space, among many others.
When a patient decides to become a reconstruction or simply want to undergo a surgical procedure, the most common is that they show you the options and potential outcomes on paper, in a photo album, in order to inform and decide what it wants do. What if it could be taught much more real than that? In MirrorMe3D they believe that 3D printing has the answer.