Egypt 3D-Prints an Exact Replica of Tut’s Tomb

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One of the great threats to archaeological treasures is popularity. The more popular something is, the more tourists it gets. The more tourists, the faster it decays. Vibration, traffic, moisture, light, and human respiration all can degrade certain ancient artifacts. The tomb and treasures of King Tutankhamen are quite possibly the most famous treasures of [Read More...]

Child’s Heart Surgery Aided By 3D-Printed Model

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Kentucky heart surgeon Erle Austin knew that fixing 14-month-old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart would be a delicate process, and he wanted as much information as possible before going in. He went to the engineering school at University of Louisville help with a computer model of the boy’s heart, and they were able to use a 3D printer to [Read More...]

Human Organs On a Chip

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No, not that kind of chip. This kind: Testing new drugs and treatments is challenging, expensive and time consuming. DARPA is investing $24 million in researching a promising bioprinting project that could create a “body on a chip” that simulates organ functions to shorten the testing process: The 2-inch “body on a chip” would represent a [Read More...]

Boy Gets Printed Trachea

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The list of human body parts successfully being replaced with 3D printed analogs is growing longer: In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. In the case of Kaiba [Read More...]

3D Printing an Extinct Mollusk

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I don’t want GATM to become ALL 3D PRINTING ALL THE TIME!, but I just love this stuff. A mollusk known as “Protobalanus spinicoronatus” went extinct about 390 million years ago. The little critter had an impressive ring of spikes for protection, and a single suction foot. The fossils are all fragmentary, and thus paleontologists [Read More...]

Eagle Gets Printed Beak

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One for the “just plain cool” files, from Grist via io9. Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face, which left her looking like she was wearing a duck mask, and also unable to eat on her own. She now has a brand-new 3D-printed nylon polymer beak that will allow her to clean and [Read More...]

eGuns: 3D Printing a Firearm?

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When rapid prototyping and 3D printing first started to emerge, few people dreamed that one day we would be printing bones and human organs. Now a group is claiming it’s possible to print guns. The Wiki Weapon Project is an effort by a group calling themselves Defense Distributed, and they claim to have succeeding in printing and testing a functional [Read More...]


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