A prosthetic hand made with 3D-printing technology has provided a functional right hand for a 6-year-old boy born with a rare disorder, according to Reuters. The boy, Lucas Abraham, showed his new “bionic” hand made for him by bioengineering students at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.
Check this out! Lucas Abraham gets what he calls a "robohand" from #UofL bioengineering students. @WLKY pic.twitter.com/KJ0RKQ36v0
— Christina Mora (@ChristinaWLKY) December 9, 2015
The child noted that it’s the best Christmas gift he’s ever received during a news conference at the university. Within minutes of receiving the [...]
New Balance, one of the last companies still manufacturing its shoes in the United States, has announced that after years of research, they will soon be releasing a pair of shoes with 3D soles. According to the Boston Globe, the company will be selling the shoes in Boston beginning next year.
The company has been investigating the use of 3D printed technology its production for years now, and had a breakthrough via an elastomeric powder that is then turned hard by a laser. This creates the same comfort as a regular shoe. While the shoes will be more expensive, the company says that it has done extensive testing with athletes.
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Virginia-based Aurora Flight Services, a company specializing in advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in partnership with 3D printing solutions company StrataSys, has developed the world’s first jet-powered, 3D printed aircraft.
With speeds topping 150 mph, this is no ordinary aircraft. The 33-pound lightweight craft also has a 9-foot wingspan and is made up using 80% 3D-printed parts.
According to Dan Campbell, an Aerospace Engineer at Aurora Flight Services, the UAV is the most complex drone of its kind precisely due to the parts involved in making up the aircraft. The printed materials include metal, nylon and UV-resistant thermoplastic.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is the fastest accelerating car in the world, getting from 0 to 60 in about 2.2 seconds. However, Divergent Microfactories that has produced a 3D-printed car called the Blade says their car goes about .2 seconds faster than that, nonchalantly claiming to be faster than the fastest car in the world.