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5 Bizarre Uses for 3D Printing

Applications for 3D printing continue to evolve. Here are five uses cases that might surprise you.
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3D Printing Plays Major Role in Super Bowl 50
By Steve Crowe · 5 February, 2016 • Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis will wear a 3D-printed brace during Super Bowl 50 to protect his broken right forearm.
6 Robotics Sights to See at CES 2016
By Steve Crowe · 3 December, 2015 • Robots are getting ready to take over Las Vegas during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. Here are six must-see robotics sights to add to your schedule.
3D Printing Helps Cure Woman’s Brain Aneurysm
By RT Staff · 24 November, 2015 • With a 3D-printed replica of a brain aneurysm in front of them, surgeons were able to test several surgical procedures that could have been fatal if performed on Teresa Flint.
Some 3D Printed Materials Are Toxic, Study Finds
By Steve Crowe · 6 November, 2015 • Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found zebrafish embryos die at alarming rates when exposed to certain 3D printed materials.
This 3D Printed Robot Hand Responds to Human Grips
By Steve Crowe · 27 October, 2015 • A soft robotic hand that is 3D printed uses integrated air chambers that work like bellows, responding to the pressure applied when held by a human hand. The hand was created as part of a project to improve robot-human interactions.
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.

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