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3D printed houses
3D printing is not only limited to healthcare, vehicles, or weaponry — it may also one day provide us with cheaper homes.
An Amsterdam-based architecture firm, Dus Architects, is working hard on a project underway in the country: the construction of a traditional canal house manufactured by 3D printing.
Rather than being built from wood or brick, the canal house is being printed on-site, where Logo-like plastic blocks provide the structure. Each room is printed separately before being assembled to connected floors and stacked to create the house.
The "3D Print Canal House" is a proof-of-concept research project that aims to show how the construction industry can move towards a more sustainable, cost-effective model.
Via: The Verge
Image credit: Dus Architects
Rebuilding human faces
Cardiff resident Stephen Power had his life turned upside down after a motorbike accident caused grievous injuries to his face.
However, thanks to 3D printing in surgery, his face was reconstructed.
Power shattered his nose, cheekbones, top jaw and fractured his skull through the accident, which left him in hospital for four months.
In an eight-hour procedure the patient describes as "life changing," surgeons at Morriston Hospital, Swansea printed guides, plates, and implants to repair injuries caused by the impact months after being inflicted. CT scans were used to create and print a symmetrical model of Power's head, before printing implants to match. The technology proved to be a success as it took the guesswork out of reconstructive surgical procedures.
Image credit: Screenshot via BBC
Innovation centers and investment
MakerBot, one of many companies creating 3D printers affordable enough for the average consumer, recently announced partnerships with businesses and universities to create "innovation centers" that will help firms 'innovate faster, collaborate better, and be more competitive.'
In other words, these centers are the first step in improving collaboration and creating standards for the 3D printing industry.
Over 30 desktop 3D printers and scanners will be placed in each center, where university students will be able to experiment with the fledgling technology, and businesses will be able to speed up product design cycles.
MakerBot also plans to start early with the next generation, and has pledged the introduction of a 3D printer within every school in the United States.
Image credit: Makerbot | Louis Seigal