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3D Printing News Briefs: October 27 2017

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Congratulations, we’ve all made it to Friday somehow! To celebrate, take a look at all of today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, compiled just for you in one article. The University of Miami just dedicated a new 3D printing lab, while a Virginia Tech professor has received a National Science Foundation grant to study nanoprinting. There are four 3D printing winners in the Merck Life Science Awards, and  BEEVERYCREATIVE is 3D printing trophies for an international film festival. AstroPrint is introducing a new 3D printing desktop app, SABIC will launch a new high-strength filament at formnext, and Airwolf 3D roars into the SEMA Show at Las Vegas with 3D printed car modifications for its Hellcat Project.

New 3D Printing Lab Dedicated at University of Miami

Provost Jeffrey Duerk, President Julio Frenk, and College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet at the Collaborative Laboratory opening.

Earlier this week, the University of Miami  (UM) in Florida dedicated its new  UM College of Engineering-Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory. The 5,850-square-foot lab, or “collaboratory,” located inside the McArthur Engineering Building, will be an innovation hub that fosters “constructive change” and supports materials development, testing of 3D printing processes and technologies, and joint research. There are ten MakerBot printers, along with two metal 3D printers, which UM faculty and students will have access to, along with J&J scientists and engineers.

“An engineering education has to give students the chance for hands-on creativity and allow their imaginations to soar.  Thanks to Johnson & Johnson, we have yet another resource to educate tomorrow's technology leaders,” said  Jean-Pierre Bardet, the dean of UM's College of Engineering, at the ribbon-cutting event.

Guests at the event were able to tour the new facility, which also includes other equipment, such as instruments used to measure the chemical composition of powders and microscopes for examining material quality.

Virginia Tech Professor Receives Grant for Nanoprinting

Rayne Zheng, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study 3D printing at the nano-level, as part of an initiative to build both the experimental and theoretical foundations of nanoprinting. Zheng’s research centers on how to create 3D constructs with nanoscale features, with a goal of creating extremely strong materials with high thermal and electrical conductivity. The grant will be used to develop technologies so researchers can 3D print at the nano-level, and then “scale up their creations.”

“Current commercially available additive manufacturing technology doesn't include a printer of the resolution and scalability needed to do work at the nanoscale level.  This grant program will support building the foundations needed to underpin scalable additive nano-manufacturing,” Zheng said.

“In our early work we've created 3-D nano-architected materials that are simultaneously strong and damage tolerant.  However, we realize there are challenges with current high-precision 3-D manufacturing technologies in scaling up nano patterns to sizes comparable to the size of the palm of a hand. With the support of the NSF, we hope to make a leap forward, gaining new knowledge on the underpinnings of high-resolution additive nano-manufacturing of scalable materials and components.”

Merck Announces 2017 Life Science Awards Grand Prize Winners

Steffen Zobel-Roos, Alexandra Rutz, and Ruben R.G. Soares

At its new Life Science Center in Boston, global science and technology company Merck has awarded a group of 12 postgraduate students for their life science innovations after they presented their 3D printing, bioseparations, and food and beverage safety research this week in the company’s third international Life Science Awards competition. This is the first year that the competition, which recognizes outstanding students from universities in the US, Canada, and Europe, has included the 3D printing and  food and beverage safety categories.

Udit Batra, Member of the Merck Executive Board and CEO, Life Science, said, “We are privileged to play a small role in advancing science and technology through these awards.  I congratulate all of the winners on their projects. Their talents and imagination are already making an important contribution to the next generation of problem solvers.”

Alexandra Rutz,  Steffen Zobel-Roos, and Ruben R.G. Soares each won the $10,000 grand prize in their respective categories – Rutz took the 3D printing grand prize for her research in  Engineering Hydrogel Inks for 3D Tissue and Organ Printing. $1,500 prizes were awarded to the other nine finalists; in the 3D printing category,  Molly Kupfer won for her work in tissue engineering, while  Michelle Xuanyi Ma’s research centered around a 3D printed  Human iPSC Derived Hepatic Model to improve in vitro liver functional maturation and Malachy Maher worked with  Cardiac Patches.

BEEVERYCREATIVE 3D Prints Film Festival Trophies  


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