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The Future Is Now: 3-D Printers Are Poised to Disrupt the Economy

For years we've heard about how 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been used in industries that require unique parts and customization like healthcare, military, automotive and aerospace. We've seen an expansion in materials...

source: By Ronnie Richard
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SPME Focus is a series celebrating talented plastics professionals who are active SPE members and volunteers. This month features Barb DeButts, who notes, "It is an incredibly diverse industry that is constantly changing and growing. What attracted me initially was the possibility of...

source: Plastics Engineering

An ideal preservative should meet three main criteria: to control ripening; to have antimicrobial activity; and finally, the preservative should not be directly in touch with the fruit but should be made available on demand. Addressing...

source: Nanowerk

The Arevo bicycle looks and feels like a high-end commuter bike, but it was made using 3D-printing technology and software. It's being hailed as the first truly 3D-printed bicycle. A Bay Area-based additive manufacturing company made the fully functional bicycle as a proof-of-concept...

source: Mashable

3D printing is often called upon to help create assistive devices and prosthetics, so that people with disabilities and amputated limbs can still participate in the activities they enjoy. Earlier this month, a Russian para-athlete...

source: 3DPrint.com

A UCLA bioengineer has developed a technique that uses a specially adapted 3D printer to build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials. The advance could be a step toward on-demand printing of complex artificial tissues...

source: UCLA Newsroom

All of the big sportswear brands have been investigating the possibility of printing high-performance footwear, and they have been supported by the manufacturers of materials and printing equipment. The technology is still in its early stages, with developments focused on...

source: Rubber & Plastics News

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