Synopsis: Together, the Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, and Chonnam National University in South Korea created a new 3D printed smartphone modification which can measure BP right from your finger.
Why does this not matter? In March of 2017 - Apple stores started selling a high-tech, wireless cuff that lets users monitor your blood pressure through a sleek app on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Why does this matter: For those of us with high blood pressure, this is neat SMALL device that we welcome to the consumer market. Stay tuned!
The meat and potatoes: Australia wants to 3D print bombs. The Australian government is using developing 3D printing materials such as explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics for the production of advanced weapons systems
“As for all students, there was a steep learning curve in getting familiar with all the digital prototyping technologies they had at their disposal, ranging from CAD to 3D printing, laser and water jet cutting, CNC machining, Arduinos and Raspberry Pi's, etc,” wrote Product Development professor Olaf Diegel
Check out this concrete squirting extruder head! The Vulcan is capable of 3D printing a 600- to 800-square-foot home, for $4,000, in less than 24 hours in an under-served community. Seeking funding - they will build 100 homes in El Salvador.
New nozzle made from tungsten carbide can handle the abrasion if you are printing with hard plastics which are reinforcement with fibers such as carbon and glass. FYI... The cutting tools in some CNC's are made from tungsten carbide.
Why does it matter? If you are using an Ultimaker, Raise3D, Prusa, Makerbot, Robo, LulzBot, Flashforge, etc and need to print in reinforcement materials.
Why does it not matter? You are printing with ABS and PLA and may not need to print in reinforcement materials. Also, this is a Kickstarter 3d printer-related project...which are notorious late for product delivery. Their estimated date of arrival is September 2018 - we predict deliveries to occur after January 2019.
BRAVO!!! Iro3D's Simple 3D doesn’t use an extruder or a hot end but uses “pourers” and metal powders with a crucible. This is pretty cool! We would love to see some material strength testing on the final parts, such as impact, density, and tensile strenght per ASTM standards!