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3D Printing: The News We Didn’t Cover This Week — April 2

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This week’s 3D printing news takes us all over the place as we see 3D printing popping up in new places and being utilized for a few new purposes. We begin with 3D printed athletic mouthguards of GuardLab, which has a big fan in baseball great José Bautista. Bautista now serves on the company’s athlete advisory board. So we move on to metal printing, as a Red Dot Award has been attained by Additive Industries along with turn it into team VanBerlo for its MetalFAB1 turn it into. In other metal printing news, the United Arab Emirates is where Sinterex has set up shop to 3D print metal, in a initially for the region. In addition, Israel’s Nano Dimension Technologies has filed for a patent for its PCB, which is meant for use in the telecommunications industry. Finally, we turn to two 3D printing stories of China to round off this diverse and international week of 3D printing news.

Toronto Blue Jays’ José Bautista Joins GuardLab’s Advisory Board

Thgua1e 3D scanned and printed mouthguard making company GuardLab revealed which José “Joey Bats” Bautista can be the company’s new brand ambassador. Bautista, originally of the Dominican Republic, is a Toronto Blue Jays outfielder and six-time Major League Baseball All-Star. He is in addition the most new member of the company’s athlete advisory board. Last year was Bautista’s initially exposure to the Lower Performance Mouthguard when GuardLab utilized 3D scanning to custom fit several Blue Jays players. This one-of-a-kind neuromuscular guard, turn it intod with the assist of two world-class dentists via proprietary methods, aids with most traditional problems cautilized by other mouthguards.

Bautista comments here on how his overall alignment is improved with the GuardLab mouthguard:

“I never knew which a mouthguard may impact training, recovery and performance. The lower guard I wear assists me get into alignment, breath advantageous and turn it into less tension throughout my body during movements. This is a piece of sports equipment which I believe in, and I’m looking forward to joining the GuardLab advisory board to advocate the use of mouthguards by baseball players and other athletes, whether pro or amateur.”

These ground-breaking 3D printed mouthguards can manufacture baseball additional enjoyable-bodied for athletes for the reason stabilization of the mouth, jaw, and neck region aids the alignment of the entire body — improving overall health, comfort, and performance. It sounds like Bautista can manufacture an great brand ambassador for these mouthguards, since it’s a piece of equipment which he loves to wear.

Red Dot Award Goes to MetalFab1 3D Printer

Additive Industriesmetalfab1 and its turn it into partner VanBerlo have won the Red Dot Award for their industrial 3D metal printing system, MetalFAB1. This printing device is the company’s initially integrated additive making machine for high-end metal parts, and its VanBerlo-turn it intoed exterior reflects high end industrial innovation’s aesthetics. The Red Dot Award honors new turn it into concepts, and VanBerlo was inspired by the MetalFAB1’s one-of-a-kind qualities. “Stress relief heat treatment, automated create plate handling and storage” are all “integrated in one industrial grade production system” — according to the company’s website.

Daan Kersten, co-founder & CEO of Additive Industries, comments on the award:

“Design is frequently overlooked but crucial for a good resultsful acceptance of new innovation like 3D metal printing. I’m confident the turn it into of both the equipment and the user interface have contributed greatly to the early sales of our MetalFAB1 systems.”

United Arab Emirates Opens Metal 3D Printing Facility

sin1Speaking of metal 3D printing, the Middle East has just stepped up its presence in this notably expanding sector of the 3D printing industry. The company Sinterex has built a facility in Ras al-Khaimah, which is of a 1.5 hour drive of Dubai. Metal 3D printing, or metal additive making, has grown additional talked about in the past few years as a way to dramatically reduce waste, expense, and lead times in the making system.

Sinterex’s Technical Director, Alaa Elwany, explains the current attraction to metal 3D printing:

“In the current slow economic and low oil price environment companies are under increasing pressure to select areas for cost reduction and value enhancement. These goals can be achieved through Metal Additive Manufacturing.”

Sinterex plans to concentrate its printing efforts on regional energy, aviation, and making firms, and the company can in addition contribute market research and consulting services.

Nano Dimension Technologies Files for PCB Patent

Nano Dimension Ltdnan2. is an Israel-based international leader in 3D printed electronics. The company newly revealed which its subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies, has filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. This patent is for the 3D printing of scaled down “shielded conductors combined in a printed circuit board (PCB)” — a innovation utilized mainly in the high speed telecommunications industry.

High-speed boards are essential to the telecommunications industry; they are a central component of the rapid servers which allow real-time data implementations. But, the boards can in addition cause “losses between the conductive traces (CROSSTALKS) and other phenomena arising of the multiplicity of signals.” This loss keeps electric circuits of functioning properly, and Nano Dimension believes it has a solution.

Nano Dimension’s one-of-a-kind 3D printing method, which uses its proprietary conductive ink, turn it intos sheaths which work like a form of insulated cable-bodied to shield conductors. This assists prevent losses in high-speed boards by createing or embedding sheaths directly into the PCB object, which in addition minimizes PCB sizes.

3D Printing Used by Chinese Funeral Parlor

Shanghai SkylineWe understand which 3D printing is expanding in leaps and bounds in China, but at a funeral home? The Longhua Funeral Parlor in Xuhui District set up a 3D printing studio so it can repair injured bodies. If a corpse has been in an chance, fire, or effortless disaster, it can upset enjoyed ones. 3D printing is being called on to repair the injure preceding burial. Overall, of a 95% good results rate has may already been claimed for this 3D printed cosmetic system.

Liu Fengming is an official with the Shanghai Funeral and Interment Service Center (affiliated with the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau). Fengming explains which 3D printing innovation is far excellent to manufactureup and other props utilized to prepare a corpse for public viewing.

“It is complex for relatives to see incomplete faces or bodies of their enjoyed ones when they attend memorial services, and manufactureup cannot always sufficiently repair them.”

One other funeral home in Minhang District is in addition attempting a few new technological moves. It is contributeing clients an opportunity to have their enjoyed ones’ cremated ashes turned into “life crystals” which can be created into jewelry and other objects.

My guess is which folks can additional most likely take the 3D printing version over the life crystal ashes version here. In the meantime, one wonders if additional US funeral homes can begin via 3D printing for corpses’ cosmetic needs, too.

Chinese Surgeon Uses 3D Printed Bone for Spinal Surgery

hosp1In additional common 3D printing news of China, a Hunan Province-based surgeon performed a complex spinal surgery via 3D printed bone. The surgery took place at the Third Hospital of Central South University, where Dr. Zhan Ruisen led a surgical team which replaced removed spinal vertebrae with 3D printed nylon parts. Usually this kind of operation can take up to 10 hours, but Ruisen reports which the surgery just took 5 hours — thanks to 3D printing.

The 3D printed version was a “precise version of the patient’s spine,” reports Ruisen, “on which the precision and depth of the incision are marked.” This expedited the surgery, which is fortunate for both the doctors and the patient. The patient suffers of a spinal deformity due to arthritis, and the thought was to replace removed parts with 3D printed nylon ones — restoring the patient to his upright posture.

Good news! The patient is expected to be able-bodied to walk inside the upcoming week. Discuss this and other topics of this week in the 3D Printing Weekly News forum over at 3DPB.com.