They made the 3D printer, now they send it into space. Made In Space, the startup who have designed a compact 3D printer suitable for use in the weightless environment in space, now have a flight date for their machine. In August 2014 their 3D printer will be carried aloft to the International Space Station on one of SpaceX’s Dragon supply missions.
The speedy creation of replica human body parts and organs seems far-fetched but a team of scientists in Austria have demonstrated the ease with which it could be done. Using advanced 3D printing methods, the researchers are creating nano-sized sculptures to demonstrate the technology’s potential in bio-medical science. Joanne Nicholson reports.
Parametric Sculpture 01 by MCompeau Don’t underestimate the power of parametric design. Usually a parametric design 1 means the result tends to be very mathematical and blockly. MCompeau on Thingiverse , Matt Compeau, has contributed two extremely organic looking parametric designs that are clearly exceptions to this general rule. Matt’s designs are eerily reminiscent of neurons or perhaps undersea coral. You can even imagine this as an excellent aquarium accessory – little fishies swimming in, around. It’s also a heck of a test print to demonstrate the awesome power of DIY 3D printing. Parametric Sculpture 01 by MCompeau A quick design to test the capabilities of my new MakerBot Replicator.