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3D-Printed Heart-on-a-Chip Could End Animal Testing

The first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing has been built by researchers from Harvard University. The 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be customized to a patient's disease or heart structure to help scientists collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.
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These 3D Printed Teeth Clean Themselves
By RT Staff · 23 October, 2015 • The 3D printed teeth are made of an antimicrobial resin that kills 99% of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Researchers say the innovation could be transferred to non-medical applications such as water purification, food packaging and children’s’ toys.
How 3D Printed Stem Cells Could Reduce Animal Testing
By RT Staff · 23 October, 2015 • Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have developed a method to 3D print stem cells to test pharmaceutical drugs, tailor treatments for people, and reduce the dependence on live animal testing.
3D Printed Hand Exoskeleton Simplifies Rehab
By RT Staff · 19 October, 2015 • The Assisted Finger Orthosis hand exoskeleton can be customized for an individual using 48 parameters. The battery-powered device uses small linear motors that can be programmed to move fingers as part of the rehab process.
Podcast: Talking 3D Printed Robotic Hands with Joel Gibbard
By Steve Crowe · 15 October, 2015 • Joel Gibbard, founder of Open Bionics, joins us to discuss the development of the company's low-cost, advanced robotic hands that are created using 3D printing. We also talk about Open Bionics' superhero-themed robot hands and what the future holds.
How 3D Printing Helped Save This Newborn
By Steve Crowe · 13 October, 2015 • Conan Thompson became first baby to have a 3D printed model made of his face while still in the womb to help doctors determine whether he would need a lifesaving procedure at birth.
Frozen, Iron Man, Star Wars 3D-Printed Hands Coming from Open Bionics
By Steve Crowe · 8 October, 2015 • Open Bionics has unveiled three LED-studded robotic hands designed after Star Wars, Marvel, and Frozen characters. These robotic hands are intended to stand out and allow the children to proudly wear their prosthesis.
Makerarm Robot Arm a One-stop Shop for Your Making Needs
By Steve Crowe · 6 October, 2015 • Makerarm is a digital fabrication system fits on your desktop and can 3D print, laser, carve, plot, assemble, pick/place by using changeable tool-heads.
Is This America’s Tallest 3D-Printed Object?
By Steve Crowe · 5 October, 2015 • Branch Technology has built an 18-foot-tall structure that was 3D printed in segments. The startup is claiming this is the tallest 3D-printed object in America.
MIT 3D Printed Soft Robot Hand Adapts to Objects
By MIT News · 1 October, 2015 • MIT researchers have developed a robotic hand with modular fingers made of silicone and embedded with sensors dexterous enough to pick up everything from soft toys to single pieces of paper without needing to be programmed to understand what it’s gripping.
Meet Cannybots: 3D Printable Robot Cars Blowing Up on Kickstarter
By Steve Crowe · 29 September, 2015 • New Cannybots robot race cars have launched on Kickstarter, combiningslot car racing with Lego-style assembly. Cannybots are 3D printable, open source Bluetooth-enabled toy cars that can be controlled using tablets, smartphones, and a Raspberry Pi.
New System Makes 3D-Printed Heart in Hours
By MIT News · 18 September, 2015 • A new system from MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers converts MRI scans into 3D-printed heart models. The models could provide a more intuitive way for surgeons to assess and prepare for the anatomical idiosyncrasies of individual patients.
MIT Makes it Much Easier for You to Tweak 3D Printing Designs
By MIT News · 11 September, 2015 • MIT has developed a system that lets users make swift modifications to 3D models and see how they will look when printed out by a 3D printer within minutes, rather than hours
Superhero-Inspired Robot Hand Wins James Dyson Award
By Steve Crowe · 25 August, 2015 • Open Bionics, maker of a 3D-printed robotic hand that can be made faster and at a lower cost than current alternatives, has won the 2015 James Dyson Award in the UK.
MultiFab 3D Printer Simultaneously Prints 10 Materials
By RT Staff · 24 August, 2015 • MIT researchers have developed a new 3D printer, MultiFab, that can simultaneously print 10 different materials and combine them, along with other finished parts, into the design of a single object.
5-Year-Old Throws Out 1st Pitch With 3D Printed Robotic Hand
By Steve Crowe · 18 August, 2015 • Hailey Dawson, born with a rare congenital disease that affected the growth of her right hand, receives a custom Baltimore Orioles-themed prosthetic hand to throw out the first pitch at Camden Yards.

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