What’s happening in 3D Printing? September 2017

In this quick round up here are a few articles to sum up the world of 3D Printing at the moment, we’ve scanned the pages of 3ders.org, a useful website that provides interesting news about 3D printing technology and products.

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‘Techno tortoises’ could save endangered South African tortoise species

3d printed techno tortoisesAutodesk has unveiled a bold new undertaking to save South Africa’s endangered tortoise population by way of 3D printed replicas. The affectionately-named “techno tortoises,” featuring 3D printed, hand-painted shells, could act as decoys for predators, and effectively give these baby tortoises another stab at life.

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3D printed bandages that wirelessly send messages to doctors being developed

Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are developing 3D printing materials for wound care. The materials, which use cellulose nanofibrils, have been paired with printed electronics for next-level healthcare.

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Engineers use 3D printing to make impenetrable ‘fish scale’ gloves

A team of mechanical engineers at McGill University in Montreal are drawing inspiration from the animal kingdom in their development of new 3D printed armours. According to McGill engineer Francois Barthelat, there’s more than meets the eye in these natural structures.

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