What’s happening in 3D Printing? December 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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Gartner Predicts 2018

American research firm Gartner has forecast further adoption of 3D printing technologies amongst manufacturers of medical devices, aircraft, consumer goods, and elsewhere. As part of its Predicts 2018 report, the firm says 25 per cent of surgeons will practice on 3D printed models prior to surgery by 2021. It also claims 75% of aircraft will use 3D printed parts by 2021.

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Zurich experts developing drug-coated 3D printed airway stents in $2.37M project

3D Printed Airway Stents

Narrowing of the respiratory tract can occur after injury, such as a blow to the throat area, or because of disease, when malformations, infections, and tumours can cause the airway to close up. Researchers from the University Hospital Zurich, ETH Zurich, and the University of Zurich have joined forces to 3D print patient-specific, drug-coated stents.

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3D Printed Turtle Shell

A skilled team of scientists from the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego have 3D printed a customised brace for an injured sea turtle. The team claims it is the first 3D printed device of its kind and could be adapted to help other sea turtles with similar injuries.

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