Posts in category: ‘3D Printing’

How 3D Printing Helps Advance Soft Robotics

Innovations in 3D printing and soft robotics have created structures that are able to grab small objects and perform very precise actions such as carrying water droplets.The advancements in 3D printing seem to happen weekly. Not only can this technology print traditional solid and rigid parts and objects, but it can now also fabricate soft and flexible mesh structures for various uses.

3D printing, as innovative as it is, is actually promoting other innovations as it becomes more complex. It is enabling life science and medicine to advance by giving it a new tool to use in so many different ways.
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13 Halloween 3D Printing Ideas from the GrabCAD Community

I’m a big fan of Halloween. In fact, I grew up in the town next door to Salem, Massachusetts, so, it was practically impossible to not get into the festivities.

But this year is special because this year I’m working at GrabCAD, where I have access to millions of CAD files and the best 3D printers on the market from Stratasys. And GrabCAD Community, you did NOT let me down.
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How 3D Printing and Nanocellulose are Being Used for Wound Care

In Finland, the VTT Technical Research Center has been developing a complex 3D generated wound care product that will be used for monitoring wound conditions while patients are in the hospital. More specifically, they're using cellulose nanofibrils that have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D printing pastes.

Interestingly, the research center is pioneering this nanocellulose synthesis via textile decorative elements that will be used to mock up their production before using them for human wounds.
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How the U.S. Navy Uses the Scan to CAD to Fab Method

How the U.S. Navy uses the CAD to fab methodA common problem in engineering is that parts and equipment, once designed, eventually become obsolete. Manufacturers and fabricators that originally completed the material or equipment in question either move on to different product lines, are purchased by other companies, or, for whatever reason, no longer exist.

Therefore, a replenishment supply of spare parts or assemblies is just as impossible.

This situation was partially the case for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The SPAWAR enterprise became engaged in three-dimensional scanning and printing to rapidly deliver a solution to a particular antenna that is part of their warfare systems. Que: the "scan-to-CAD-to-fab" method.
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Tech Trends Redefining the Beauty Industry

Tech Trends in the Beauty IndustryThe beauty industry is booming. Today, the beauty industry is valued at a staggering $532 billion – a figure set to reach further heights in the coming years. And that’s not all:

  • A 2016 report by Lucintel predicts the skincare subsection will grow in value by 4% each year.
  • Statista estimates general global retail sales to reach $28 trillion by 2020 (up from $22 trillion in 2016)

The stats don’t lie; the beauty industry is trending upwards, which is why beauty companies want to harness the mounting spending power of global consumers.
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