Scientists win €3 million in funding to 3D print a living human brain

Scientists win €3 million in funding to 3D print a living human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The brain is, arguably, one of the last great mysteries left for mankind to unravel but doing so needs a combination of approaches, ranging from computer simulations to direct manipulation and observation.   The Meso-Brain consortium, which is run out of Aston University in the UK, has...

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Audi puts its new Quattro Lunar Rover through its paces

Audi puts its new Quattro Lunar Rover through its paces

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of space travel has fallen dramatically over the past decade and now Google wants to encourage private organisations and entrepreneurs to take the next bold step in humanity’s story.   In 2015 Audi, the luxury car brand, announced it would be “taking off...

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Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

Scientists use defects to create a new programmable material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programmable materials are a new class of revolutionary materials that can be manufactured once and then programmed to alter their properties and shape on demand to suit a limitless number of use cases. New research by a team at Purdue University has shown that honeycomb...

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GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

GE’s 3D printed engine sets new 3D printing record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the quality and durability of 3D printed parts increases it is inevitable that more organisations will embrace the technology and reap the benefits.   While many people might think that we should have been able to 3D print entire engines, and other industrial equipment,...

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Researchers 3D print body parts that work like the real thing

Researchers 3D print body parts that work like the real thing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to 3D print body parts, or parts of bodies, on demand changes the long term health and survivability prospects for every person on the planet. It will let us all live healthier, longer lives and is nothing less than revolutionary.   Using 3D...

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New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

Wiivv paves the way for perfect fitting, 3D printed apparel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The technology to create personalised, perfectly fitting clothing, or orthopedics, exists and it provides retailers and manufacturers with new market opportunities but the customer experience has to be as frictionless as possible.   The proliferation of 3D printing has made it possible to manufacture almost...

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Harvard puts a 3D printed Heart on a Chip to make drug testing safer

Harvard puts a 3D printed Heart on a Chip to make drug testing safer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Organs-on-chips pave the way for faster, safer, animal free drug testing and will contribute to a healthcare revolution.   Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D printed “Heart on a...

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Sit down, the creative machines are innovating chairs

Sit down, the creative machines are innovating chairs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines might not have a consciousness, per se, but they’re becoming increasingly “innovative and creative”   Innovation is an algorithm… Earlier this year I wrote a post discussing how we were beginning to see the emergence of the first signs of creative machines – and...

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Scientists discover a way to 3D print bone on the fly

Scientists discover a way to 3D print bone on the fly

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Doctors will be able to treat people with broken, or missing bones faster than ever before.   If you shatter a bone in the future, a 3D printer and some special ink could be your best medicine. Researchers have created what they call “hyperelastic bone”...

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World first as US Marines 3D print their own ammunition

World first as US Marines 3D print their own ammunition

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printed munitions just became a thing.   Last week, the Marine Corps‘ Next-Generation Logistics office quietly printed, and then detonated, an indirect fire munition at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head, Maryland, in collaboration with the center.     Capt. Chris Wood, the co-lead...

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US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

US to turn its aircraft carriers into floating drone factories

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Aircraft carriers are the perfect forward operating platforms to create, deploy and support countless autonomous drone platforms, this move signals a new way to wage war and conduct operations.   Earlier this month, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Protector made history. An ice patrol ship,...

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Saving the worlds coral reefs, one 3D printed coral at a time

Saving the worlds coral reefs, one 3D printed coral at a time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Coral reefs take millennia to mature and only years to destroy, now technology is coming to their rescue.   Even if you’re not particularly interested in marine biology, you’ve likely at least heard of Jacques Cousteau. The French oceanographer, explorer and conservationist not only made...

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3D printed ovaries help infertile mice give birth

3D printed ovaries help infertile mice give birth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing could give infertile couples new hope.   Northwestern University scientists have created a prosthetic ovary using a 3D printer – an implant that allowed mice that had their ovaries surgically removed to bear live young and the results will be presented at the Endocrine Society’s...

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Team GB cyclists get ready to unveil their seven percent advantage at Rio 2016

Team GB cyclists get ready to unveil their seven percent advantage at Rio 2016

Olympic teams used to look for marginal gains but now new technology gains appear to be anything but marginal Update Team GB win gold and set new World Record of 3:50:570, a time that “shocked the world of cycling” Great Britain’s cyclists are pursuing Olympic gold in Rio...

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Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Local Motors represents a new breed of company, one that competitors would be wise to watch out for.   Local Motors, an Arizona based automaker that crowd sources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D printed, autonomous, partly recyclable, electric shuttle bus called Olli. Local Motors...

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Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

Scientists travel to the edge of space to 3D print a heart

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D bioprinting has long held the promise of ending organ donation lists, now there’s an end in sight.   A team of scientists working for the NASA and SpaceX contractor Techshot have become the first people in history to successfully 3D print a heart structure in zero gravity using human...

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Gourmet 3D printed food restaurant pops up in London

Gourmet 3D printed food restaurant pops up in London

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Move over Heston Blumenthal there’s a new printer in town.   Later this month, a 3D Printing pop up restaurant, called “Food Ink”, will open in London and settings start at £250 per head.     The restaurant promises to offer a completely different dining experience,...

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BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

BAE’s trials a molecular assembler that one day will grow drones in the field

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Growing your own products just became a thing.   If you needed to be convinced just how fast technology is progressing then think of this. For Millennia humans have assembled individual, pre crafted components together to make products of every shape and form. In 1986...

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Self assembling space stations and the end of flat pack

Self assembling space stations and the end of flat pack

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 4D Printing could change how we construct buildings and maintain city infrastructure.   Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade – 4D printing. At the TED conference in Los Angeles,...

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