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Facial Reconstruction through 3D Scan, Print

UK Doctors are reverse engineering and reconstructing a man’s face, thanks to 3D technologies. Warning – some images could be graphic.

Eric Moger lost half of his face to cancer and as a result could no longer eat, drink or speak.  Doctors scanned his face and mirrored the “good” side over the “bad.”  The result is a model of the face very similar to how it used to look.  From that the team of doctors was able to develop a prosthesis that allows the patient use of his mouth again.

For the first time in five years, Eric Moger is able to speak clearly without holding his mouth, eat without a feeding tube, and hold his head high while going to the pub with his friends.

In the words of Mr. Moger, himself, “It is a great feeling to look in the mirror and see a whole face again. I am amazed at what they have done  – it just looks so like me. I also have something to look forward to, as Karen and I are planning to finally get married this summer.’

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3D Printing and the Navy

Navy, sea, ship, build, piping, ducting, parts, Proceedings

Even the Navy is getting involved in 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing.

Highlighted advantages include making complicated hulls with complex internal geometries in one fell swoop, as well as having print manufacturing on board vessels to deliver on demand replacement parts.

 

 

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RapidMade Has a Booth 744 at NW Machine Tools Expo

In addition to our speaking engagement at this year’s Northwest Machine Tool Expo (Oregon Convention Center – 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland OR), RapidMade picked up booth 744 at the last minute!  Please come visit us at the show.  We will have all the latest samples of Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, and 3D scanners in the booth.

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RapidMade Speaking at the Northwest Machine Tool Expo

RapidMade, Inc. proudly invites you to attend a one hour seminar on 3D printing next Wednesday at the Northwest Machine Tool Expo starting at 9:30 AM.  Admission to the expo and seminars is completely free and the event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland OR.)

Erin Stone, president, and Matt Garrett, VP of Operations will give the presentation.  Topics covered include:

  • What is additive manufacturing (AM)?
  • Where has AM been and why is it getting so much attention now?
  • What’s new in AM technology & materials?
  • What does this mean for your business and how can you leverage AM for a competitive advantage?
  • Where does your business fit in the national and regional AM landscape?
If this topic is of interest to you (likely since you are reading this blog) and you can make it out (less likely), we would be happy to see you there!
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GE Agrees with Me

GE Agrees with Me

Just as I was posting the below article, I found out I have some like-minded company.  Jeffery Immelt went into less detail because, well, as head of GE his reputation carries a little more weight than an unknown blogger.

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Additive Manufacturing: The Hype and the Haters

There are many well written articles floating around discrediting the promise of Additive Manufacturing and its “print anything” hype.  Because expectations are so high, they feel the industry and its development will be analogous to failed technologies like virtual reality where outsiders jump in to try to avoid missing the next big thing only to lose big.

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Though there are certainly large issues with the hype and the absurd idea that within 5 to 10 years every consumer will be printing everything they previously purchased, 3D printing does not immediately have to be the next personal computing sized revolution to help entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes quickly create new ideas, tackle new approaches to design, reduce tooling time and investments, and maintain a nimbler, more flexible supply chain.

Though some may be disappointed and therefore turned off to Additive Manufacturing when it does not live up to the promise of becoming a low cost, all purpose Star Trek Replicator for household use, the hype is still quite a positive thing, because many more savvy entrepreneurs easily recognize the benefits to their personal businesses that they had not seen when they had never heard of the technologies.

So what if 3D printing will likely not live up to the hype?  Firms involved in 3D printing don’t care.  We are just happy for the exposure.  If these machines never reach every household, there is still room for ample growth.  Just ask the museum curators who can now replicate priceless artifacts, the automobile and airline executives who are working to create components that weigh up to 90% less and therefore create vehicles that have amazing fuel economy, the medical and dental professionals who can now make inexpensive and ultra-customized implants with lower rejection rates, the aspiring entrepreneur who knows a quick, inexpensive and functional prototype will likely garner him much more attention than just a pitch and napkin sketch, the car restoration enthusiast who is able to inexpensively replicate parts that are the last of their kind, or even the large scale fabricator able to quickly create custom fixtures to meet the demands of any job.  The applications are endlessly growing and not just because of technological innovation.

Thanks to the hype, my sales force tells me that since this time last year, they get half as many blank stares when speaking with potential clients about Additive Manufacturing.  That means in just one year twice as many people are able to look at the same hundred year old engineering problems and find new solutions through tools previously unknown to them.  There is the heart of the growth and it is more than enough to get excited about, especially considering that five to ten years ago most of the types of users listed in the previous paragraph did not even exist.

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