This week in 3D Printing – 24 April 2015

This week in 3D printing; our pick of the best, most interesting and intriguing 3D printing stories. 4D printing, new hackerspace for people with disability, 3D printed face and more.

4D Printing


Technically yes, it is possible

Researchers at the University of Wollongong and ARC Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science believe that it is possible to develop materials that can respond to their environment e.g. heat. It is in this way 4D printing is possible.

“So, as in 3D printing, a structure is built up layer by layer into the desired shape, but these new materials are able to transform themselves from one shape into another, much like a child’s Transformer toy.” – ACES professor Marc Panhui

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3D Printing takes on Muscular Dystrophy

Australian brothers form Hackerspace to help the disabled

Identical brothers both suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. That hasn’t stopped them from making and creating. The pair have been using 3D printing to help make their lives easier through the development of accessories for their wheelchairs, robots and various other computer modifications to the world around them.

“We’ve always been interested in technology, even when we were very young,” Nick told “When I was little, my dad taught me how to make model aircraft out of balsawood and glue, and my disability took that away from me, but now technology has given that ability back. I can design things on the computer and print them out on my 3D printer, and it’s fantastic.”

If you are in Melbourne, you can find out more about their hackerspace here.

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Strong force coming to Australian schools

Datacom partners with Makers Empire & 3D Printing Systems

Datacom, one of Australia’s largest technology solutions provider, has brought together 3D printing hardware and software into one package, ideal for Australian schools.

“Datacom’s rich history as a systems integrator and strong relationships with schools across the Pacific will complement our innovation in 3D printing software to deliver a tailored approach to using this technology in the classroom to inspire individual learning,” – Jon Soong, CEO Makers Empire

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3D Printed Face

Helping one cancer survivor

Warning: Potentially disturbing images

74 year old Keith has been battling cancer since 1990. During his time battling cancer, he has undergone many different treatments which have left him missing part of his face.

Thanks to 3D printing and scanning, his son was able to help Keith get a new face.

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Print out your brain

All you need is a MRI

3D Printing Ninja, Tyson James, has created an instructable on how to take a MRI scan of your brain and convert it into a 3D model ready for printing.

As part of his passion for 3D printing, James has helped print hundreds of models at the university in which he is studying civil engineering.

“There is much more meaning and joy found by creating your own items,” James says. “I think it is essential for people to have 3D printing experience.”

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Skin printing

Helping with burns & skin disease

Isabella Zidek of University of Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Gmünd, has been exploring skin 3D printing. Her goal is to be able to help burn victims and people who have encountered skin diseases. In order to do this, she has been working on creating a skin 3D printer.

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