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Printer">The World’s Sweetest Printer

Researchers at Britain’s University of Exeter have developed a 3-D printer that Willy Wonka would die for. Instead of using metals or plastics as its “ink,” Exeter’s uses chocolate.

Sometimes called additive manufacturing, 3-D printing technologies work off a three-dimensional CAD design of a product, then construct the item by laying down one very thin layer of material at a time. But this is the first time researchers have used chocolate as a medium.

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Printer Could Help Burn Victims">Skin Cell Bio Printer Could Help Burn Victims

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Another important advancement is on the way in the world of 3-D bio printing. Biomedical engineers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine have created an inkjet bio printer that sprays skin cells over wounds, helping them heal more rapidly.

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3D: From Toys to Organs">Printing in 3D: From Toys to Organs


You’ve no doubt often used printers for school papers and reports. But can you imagine printing a three-dimensional object – something as complex as an action figure or a human heart? Soon such creation might be (almost) as simple as hitting Ctrl + P.

3D technology – from the new immersive animated movies to breakthrough medical imaging software – has been in the news a lot lately. So what about 3D printers? These remarkable devices, which possess the ability to print a three-dimensional object, have actually been around since the 1980s, aiding countless engineers and designers. But only recently have they become much faster, smaller, and more affordable.

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Rice University Bioengineer Invents $240 Microscope

Traditional fluorescence microscopes (the ones you might find at your local hospital or in a medical lab) typically cost up to $40,000 and can take up more space than several desktop computers. That’s a problem for doctors hoping to advance medical care in underdeveloped countries.

Cost and space were two issues that recent Rice University grad Andrew Miller sought to address when he invented a portable, battery-powered fluorescence microscope that costs only $240 to make. The novel device is encased in durable plastic that Miller molded with the help of a 3D printer. It’s lighted and powered by a small LED flashlight.

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