Lauren Tyndall

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3D Printed Drug Spritam Cleared By FDA

The medical industry is a fertile ground for some of the most promising and innovative uses for additive manufacturing. As the FDA begins to approve more 3D printed devices, other additive manufacturing applications like 3D printed tissue, organs and oral medications seem to be right around the corner. 3D printed drugs That is why in …

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Flirtey announces first FAA approved delivery drone

If you think the idea of delivering goods using the latest drone technology is still some way off commercial reality then you need to think again! Last year saw the first legally sanctioned delivery of medical supplies to a clinic using a drone delivery system. However, perhaps more impressively Flirtey, the drone’s manufacturer, also completed …

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Additive manufacturing, the FDA and a regulatory minefield

Even though additive manufacturing has opened the door to multiple business opportunities in recent times it has been like the Wild West for the last few years… no laws or regulations to talk of despite the fact this technology is impacting many areas of our everyday life. Where are the regulators when you really need …

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Is it possible to ban 3D printed guns?

Legislation that would ban 3D printed guns was originally proposed by New York Congressman Steve Israel but was not passed into law. According to Israel’s office he is planning to reintroduce his “The Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act” bill in the near future. The legislation would focus on banning any weapons undetectable to a common X-ray …

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SLA or DLP 3D Printing? How to choose between them.

For many industry insiders and hobbyists, 3D Printing has become a household name. However, the technology used in DLP (Digital Light Processing) or Stereolithography (SLA) printers is still relatively unknown to most people. In this article we would like to help you understand the differences, to make a choice between SLA or DLP. UV hardened printing Stereolithography …

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EKOCYCLE Cube – The Growing 3D Printing Frontier

With so much going on in the world of 3D printing, it is difficult to tell just where the technology could go in the next 5 years. There are plenty of unrealized applications and potential partnerships, making many pathways possible. One such pathway is the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer which came out of the partnership …

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Exosuit Development for the Battlefield

The exosuit or “Exoskeleton suit” is no longer just found in the realm of science fiction and the big screen, but is getting closer to becoming reality on the battlefield. The Incredible HULC Lockheed Martin has begun military testing on the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) robotic exosuit, originally introduced by Berkeley Bionics in 2008. It …

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Hybrid machines: A little bit of give and take

3D printing is a technological miracle but is not without its limitations, but then again so do many other manufacturing methods. Additive manufacturing (SLA, SLS, 3D Printing etc.) is currently a hot topic, subject to much discussion and conjecture, but let’s take a moment to consider innovations and enhancements relating to subtractive manufacturing methods. Imagine …

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Bionic hand with sensory feedback

The most recent innovations in prosthetics aren’t coming from advances in manufacturing methods, but rather advances in technologies connecting the prosthetic directly to the user’s brain. Last year at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a research team used fMRI’s (real-time brain scanning) to create a personalised map of a patient’s motor cortex. The team …

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3D Printed Brain for surgical training

When medical students train as surgeons they typically practice on cadavers or use simulators. A simulation allows students to hone their skills by looking into a screen whilst moving tools below to operate on a faux body part. The unfortunate reality is that cadavers are in short supply and simulators are not as realistic. Additionally, …

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