Slashgear: 3D printers may become standard equipment for operating rooms

Slashgear: 3D printers may become standard equipment for operating rooms. “Scientists from UNSW Sydney have developed a new ceramic-based ink that could allow surgeons to 3D print bone parts complete with living cells. The 3D printing bone could be used to repair damaged bone tissue during surgery. The 3D printer uses a special ink made of calcium phosphate, and researchers on the project call the ink ceramic omnidirectional bio printing in cell-suspensions or COBICS.”

Department of Defense: DOD Uses 3D-Printing to Create N95 Respirators

Department of Defense: DOD Uses 3D-Printing to Create N95 Respirators. “Air Force Maj. Daniel Williams serves as product manager of the WEMT PMO’s N95 respirator efforts at USAMMDA. These include coordinating programmatic and regulatory support, leveraging existing government resources and developing synergies within the Defense Department’s organic industrial base to successfully generate N95 respirator products. He explained that his primary task is to ensure the medical device meets military needs and regulatory requirements, and that development of the product remains on schedule and within budget.”

The Verge: Parkinson’s Meds Are Hard To Grab, So TikTok Users Crowdsourced A Solution

The Verge: Parkinson’s Meds Are Hard To Grab, So TikTok Users Crowdsourced A Solution. “Jimmy Choi’s TikTok page is filled with the typical videos of a high-level athlete: clips of himself doing one-armed pushups, climbing ropes, holding planks with weights on his back. If you look closely, though, you’ll notice that even before he begins his feats of strength and endurance, his hands are shaking. Choi has Parkinson’s disease, a central nervous system disorder that causes tremors, and he often posts about what it’s like to live with the disease…. One of his daily struggles comes in the shape of the pills he takes to manage his tremors. They’re very tiny, making them difficult to grasp with trembling hands.”

EurekAlert: 3D printing — a ‘dusty’ business?

EurekAlert: 3D printing — a ‘dusty’ business?. “To close the substantial gaps in our knowledge, scientists at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) are investigating which particles are released into the environment and what their properties are. Different substances are released into the air depending on the material used for printing. For example, BfR experts were able to detect particles of the widely-used plastic polylactic acid and copper crystals, among other substances.”

Phys .org: Copper coating on 3-D-printed plastic filters proposed as a pandemic fighter

Phys .org: Copper coating on 3-D-printed plastic filters proposed as a pandemic fighter. “In the ongoing fight against COVID-19, experts on microbiology and copper are recommending an expanded use of the metal to reduce the virus’s spread. So might copper be incorporated into the construction of masks, the universally accepted virus-fighting personal item? That’s what Jing Zhang of the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI and a team of researchers are doing, using a copper coating on 3-D-printed plastic filters to create more-efficient masks and respirators.”

EurekAlert: Chemical Insights’ 3D printing toolkit now available to schools through Green Strides

EurekAlert: Chemical Insights’ 3D printing toolkit now available to schools through Green Strides. “Chemical Insights, an Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, has made its 3D printing toolkit available to schools nationwide by including it in the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Green Strides online resource portal. The Green Strides portal is a one-stop resource providing K-12 schools with tools to pursue knowledge and practices to help make them more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible.”

MikeShouts: adidas Collaborates With Carbon To Produce 3D Printed Face Shields For U.S. Healthcare Workers

MikeShouts: adidas Collaborates With Carbon To Produce 3D Printed Face Shields For U.S. Healthcare Workers. “The German sporting equipment maker has collaborated with 3D printing specialist, Carbon, Inc., to make face shields using the same material co-created for adidas’ 4D midsoles. The material is Elastomeric Polyurethane, a highly elastic, tear resistant material that can be sanitized and reused which should help eliminate waste.”

Embry-Riddle: Graduate Student Launches Nonprofit to Produce 3D-Printed Face Shields for Florida Hospitals

Embry-Riddle: Graduate Student Launches Nonprofit to Produce 3D-Printed Face Shields for Florida Hospitals. “Andrew [McClary] is a maker, or a person skilled in coding, using embedded electronics, computer-aided design and all things software- and hardware-related. Like many makers, he has used this passion to create and experiment with his own designs and products — the most recent of which he hopes will make a positive impact in the lives of healthcare workers on the front lines of the Covid-19 global pandemic.”

ScienceBlog: Researchers Mimic Nature For Fast, Colorful 3D Printing

ScienceBlog: Researchers Mimic Nature For Fast, Colorful 3D Printing. “Brilliantly colored chameleons, butterflies, opals – and now some 3D-printed materials – reflect color by using nanoscale structures called photonic crystals. A new study that demonstrates how a modified 3D-printing process provides a versatile approach to producing multiple colors from a single ink is published in the journal Science Advances.”

The Verge: 3D Printers Are On The Front Lines Of The Covid-19 Pandemic

The Verge: 3D Printers Are On The Front Lines Of The Covid-19 Pandemic. “The US continues to struggle to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at a state and federal level. So DIY efforts from academics, hobbyists, manufacturing experts, and professional firms have coalesced around COVID hotspots like New York City to meet the needs of health care workers and others on the front line of the response effort. Some of these initiatives are highly organized, involving partnerships across state lines to source materials and make use of industrial-grade manufacturing facilities. Yet almost all began in the living rooms of people with access to a 3D printer and the ingenuity to put together stopgap measures as existing supply lines struggled to keep up.”

Becker’s Hospital Review: How UT Health Austin is 3D printing N95 masks personalized for clinicians

Becker’s Hospital Review: How UT Health Austin is 3D printing N95 masks personalized for clinicians . “University of Texas at Austin is using facial scan and 3D printing technologies to create custom N95 masks based on the clinician’s facial shape. The mask, dubbed the Contour3D, is made of non-porous material that can be sterilized in an autoclave and features a screw-cap end that allows used filters to be swapped out for fresh inserts. UT Health Austin partnered with a team of engineers, medical professionals, software and IT experts and 3D printing specialists to create the mask. The entire process took about five weeks.”

CNN: 3D printing enthusiasts are working from home to help hospitals fight coronavirus

CNN: 3D printing enthusiasts are working from home to help hospitals fight coronavirus. “For weeks, Christian Parker has been working to save lives across the United States from his home in Washington state using a 3D printer and a blueprint for a small, Y-shaped piece of plastic. Parker has been under a stay-at-home order with his wife and three children since early March, as the US tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected at least 700,000 people nationwide.”

Polygon: An artist created 3D models of every D&D monster, and you can have them all for free

New-to-me, from Polygon: An artist created 3D models of every D&D monster, and you can have them all for free. “For more than five years, one man has been creating 3D models of every single monster in Dungeons & Dragons’ 5th edition, and giving away those digital files for free, so people with 3D printers can make them at home. Miguel Zavala’s art project consists of more than 1,900 digital files, and he has nearly 3,000 paying subscribers supporting his work on Patreon.”