Mark your calendars educators! On May 8th the 6th annual Dig It. Fab It. Make It. summit commences at WPI, celebrating innovation and learning propelled by the power of makerspace tech. This year we shine the light squarely on local STEM educators who are helping their students harness the true potential of these tools to expand what is possible in a classroom environment. We’ll be expanding on the popular round table Q&A with local academic trailblazers and be sharing some notable case studies from the field. Learn more or register For the 6th year the AET Labs team, along with our friends at Stratasys and GrabCAD will host The Extreme Redesign New England 3D Printing Challenge. Registrations are now open for New England students looking to compete for the distinction of being this year’s student victor(s) in the quest for innovation using 3D printing. Click here for details or to sign up!
First published on the Stratasys blog on October 9th 2019, by Jessica Coughlin. Next Tuesday, October 15, marks the day when the most biomechanically realistic synthetic version of yourself – or at least certain key bones, organs and other tissues – becomes possible thanks to the new Stratasys J750™ Digital Anatomy™ 3D Printer. As Stratasys-watchers know, we’ve been able to produce incredibly realistic-looking parts of the human anatomy on the J750 for a while now, leading to some remarkable stories, like the kidney cancer story we profiled at Bordeaux University Hospital. However, with Digital Anatomy, we’re now boldly venturing into replication of the actual feel, responsiveness, and biomechanics of human anatomy. That’s important because up until now, the only real way to represent human anatomy well is on a human being. And that’s not always a good idea. The other options all have significant shortcomings. To cite just a few: Cadavers are highly processed and, by definition, lack “live tissue feel.” Animals only approximate human anatomy and present ethical concerns. Traditional 3D models lack the biomechanics for optimal product training and testing. Virtual reality lack haptic feel and the ability to simultaneously view from all models. It’s unlikely that animal, cadaver or existing synthetic models will include the pathology of interest. The Digital Anatomy 3D Printer addresses all of these issues. For example, when used with the new TissuesMatrix™ material, we can effectively simulate functions like tear resistance, cutting resistance, suture pull force and valve regurgitation. With GelMatrix™ for cardiovascular anatomy, we can simulate burst pressure, guidewire insertion force, and aneurysm burst pressure. BoneMatrix™ can simulate tapping, reaming, spinal alignment and sawing. All of these and others are being clinically tested today. The new Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer has the power to create true “digital twins” – with the look, feel, and function of real organs The new solution includes new software in which you choose anatomies, not materials. The proprietary voxel-based slicer automatically generates the microstructures required, right down to different bone densities. The user can then modify the characteristics to replicate the desired patient demographic as needed. These “digital twins” have wide-ranging uses. Academic medical centers are expected to embrace them for efficient and cost-effective training on a range of pathologies, enabling clinicians to learn and develop skills prior to entering an operating room. Medical deviceMakers can use the Digital Anatomy models to optimize design throughout the product lifecycle by performing design verification, validation usability studies, competitive comparisons and failure analysis. The latest healthcare solution from Stratasys has been years in the making, and new applications are expected in the future. Learn more about the Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer.
The launch of a new Stratasys J-Series 3D printer has certainly made headlines this week! Designed for designers, the game-changing J826 printer makes highly-realistic, full color Pantone-validated printing accessible for education budgets. Below, we’ve compiled a few interviews from the folks at Stratasys as well as researchers who have piloted this truly amazing piece of tech: From Stratasys “We believe that exceptional resolution, full color, multiple materials, and high productivity should not be the province of the few,” said Shamir Shoham, Vice President, PolyJet Business Unit at Stratasys. “That’s why we extended the power of our world-class J8-series 3D printers to the new J826 – addressing the needs of mid-volume enterprise shops and educational institutions at a lower price.” Shamir Shoham, Vice President, PolyJet Business Unit at Stratasys (Read the full press release here) The new J826 unleashes the power of 3D printed realism to a broader range of product #designers and enterprise shops. https://t.co/ypAbSgbbWE #3Dprinting #MakeItWithStratasys pic.twitter.com/PELC7k2LVH — Stratasys (@Stratasys) February 11, 2020 From TCT Magazine: “When we talk about designers, we’re not just talking about product designers that are concerned about color or texture, we’re speaking to all those who design,” Gina Scala, Director of Marketing, Global Education, told TCT. “The design engineers are also interested in this because of the surface finish and the quality that they could get to maybe test an injection mould or maybe do some finite element analysis and put those color maps around the parts that they’re testing for function. It’s product designers in the traditional sense but it’s also design engineers and industrial designers that are seeing value in the J8-series.” Scala explained: “This is really that first step in bringing that high-quality aesthetic, […] for really maximizing realism and putting it into designers’ hands, putting it into educational disciplines that are preparing the designers of tomorrow, allowing folks to really lean into not only full-color but rigid and flexible materials, and multi-materials in one part. It’s quite spectacular […] it’s even more spectacular when we get it in the right people’s hands and can leverage those capabilities for design.” “At Stratasys we just want people to use the technology to make their jobs easier, to make their prototypes better. Each year we announce something that gets the industry closer to that. We had the F123 series, we had the F120, it was all about bringing industrial-grade down and making it more accessible. So you see that as a trend from us and it will continue and really make the technology meet designers’ needs.” (Read the full article here) From Thomas.net Cambridge, UK-based BiologIC Technologies is using the J826 3D Printer to develop advanced medical instrumentation best-described as a ‘desktop PC of life sciences.’ “Our flagship product architecture will be 100% 3D printed using the J826, so it’s no exaggeration to say that it – and indeed our company – is completely and only enabled by this 3D printer,” Co-Founder Nick Rollings said. “For us, the design freedoms delivered by […]