The Latest and Greatest 3D Printing

ust a few weeks ago, International CES wrapped up in Las Vegas. This conference is one of the largest technology-focused conferences in the world and often sets the tone for consumer products. However, it sometimes doesn't capture other trends like 3D printing, especially in medicine or other fields. We wanted to highlight two accomplishments: one involving a 3D printed model of a brain tumor, and the other involving a 3D printed drone. These examples are sure to get you excited about the printing world!

taken from: GigaOM

3D Printing a Brain Tumor

In summer 2013, a woman named Pamela Scott started experiencing severe headaches, Mashable reported. Soon after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor near her left eye that many neurosurgeons claimed was too dangerous to be operated on. Her husband Michael was not satisfied with those results and asked for copies of these scans.

He then worked with these 2D image files to turn them into a 3D model of her skull. How did he do this? By using a tool called "InVesalius — open-source software from Brazil that uses DICOM, MRI and CT files to visualize medical images — as well as another imaging software 3D Slicer." After sending off these scans to doctors, the University of Pittsburgh came up with a minimally invasive plan that would remove 95% of the tumor.

The operation was successful, and the doctors now say that there is very slim chance the remaining 5% of the tumor will grow larger.

taken from: Mashable

A 3D Printed Drone Goes Skyward

In 2014, drones were all the rage, whether it was Amazon's plan to deliver packages using these devices, consumer use to take 360 degree photos and videos, or a decidedly more political conversation around intelligence gathering tactics. But 2015 brought another new drone: the 3D printed version.

"Voxel8 is a small high-tech materials firm in Summerville, Massachusetts, that has built what it believes is the world’s first 3D electronics printer. Previous electronics printing efforts have involved retrofitting existing 3D printers or printing out circuit boards using inkjet printers and a lot of elbow grease," explained Mashable.

This has allowed them to 3D print circuitry and other components necessary to make a fully-functioning electronic device, like this this drone. Though the price tag of the printer is currently $8,999, eventually they could be made available to consumers, making that smartphones, wearables or other devices might be a click away. In the meantime, it could influence manfacturing at the industry level.

taken from: Mashable

Given all of these latest advances in 3D printing, what else would you like to see? Feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments section below or live your thoughts on these other advancements.

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