3D Printing of Body Parts

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3D printing has a good future and a bad future. On the bad side, there are 3D printers which can print working guns (read our post on that); on the good side, there are 3D printers which have started printing body parts. This post is about the good side (and it will be updated as the technology progresses).

Please note that in this post we are not talking about prosthesis that remain made out of metal or plastic after implantation: we are describing objects that morph into living tissue once they are in you.

3D printing used to rebuild British man’s face

17 March 2014

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Hopefully people who have had their faces disfigured by accidents or surgery now have hope for near 100% restoration. How this accident victim’s face was reconstructed.

Californian Company Prints Liver Cells

30 December 2013

They haven’t printed a full liver (yet). At the rate at which things are going, it will happen (with FDA approval) in about 10 years. Read about it here.

Printing Ears and Noses in China

Aug 29, 2013

Researchers in China devise a 3D printer that prints from a container of cell material:

Printing body parts in China

 

Chinese Student Receives First 3D Printed Thoracic Vertebrae Implant

December 13, 2014

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At the Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China, Wang Lin, a 21-year-old university student, was implanted with two 3D-printed vertebrae generated from a 3D computer models. The model were designed to fit perfectly into her spine by making them fit into a 3D model of her spine based on CT scan data.

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TMG cannot create the input files for a body part printer (yet!) but can certainly create the files needed for complex mechanical parts and other solid objects. Have a look at what we can do and message us from our page on modeling for 3D printers.

Have a great day,

3D Printing Electronics Along with Plastic

Posted in CAD

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STOP PRESS: Now microelectronics can be 3D printed along with the usual plastic.

As you may be aware, microelectronics are made by a type of printing process, more specifically by etching areas defined by a photograph created on the surface to be etched.

Now microelectronics are being created by 3D printing, by using microelectronics in ink form. In addition, the printing is being combined with the printing of the usual plastic. This technology is just out of the gate at one of the research labs at Princeton University. Source

At this time one cannot expect the printed microelectronics to be as small as that made by semiconductor companies. This is because the 3D ink flows out of a nozzle, and it will be a long time before such nozzles can be made fine enough to create semiconductor geometries.

The microelectronics printed at Princeton comprised small LED dots, and they were printed as part of a 3D-printed contact lens.

Next time someone’s eyes are shining (like those of the Irish), be aware that the light may actually be generated electronically Smile

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Big Data Success Story: At SXSW (South by Southwest Music Festival)

Posted in Databases

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As music festivals go, this one is a juggernaut. Crowds roll onto the entry gates in towering waves, presenting ticket booths with a challenging task. At the most recent instance, ticketing began to take too long. People in the queues became first restless, then frustrated, then angry. Fortunately, big data analytics prevented a disaster. Here’s how.

First of all, the organizers planned for months in advance about how to deal with that exact situation. They set up a command center for managing all digital communications, including sending instructions to their staff on the ground. 

Secondly, they used specialized data analysis tools to monitor attendees’ tweets in real time for certain keywords. Why? So that they could see adverse crowd behavior trends developing and nip them in the bud. Sample keywords were “crowd” and “police”.

Sure enough, and using this tweet analysis, they sensed the crowd’s mood changing to a near-riot-like attitude. They quickly organized an additional event at a different, nearby venue, and sent out extra volunteers and security staff to send part of the crowd there. The situation was thus beautifully managed, resulting in a total of 72,000 attendees having a whale of a time!

To know more about the data analysis tools they used, message us here, we’ll get back to you pronto. Or message us to discuss whether there are potential advantages hidden in your own data. Or just message us about anything!

To your success with data,

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Big Data Success Story: Olympic Women’s Cycling Team

Posted in Databases

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Doping has been a major problem in sports for quite a while. Now big data enables athletes to enhance their performance without drugs and without ruining their health. Oh yes, and without being banned for life from their sport!

The method involves the use of inexpensive sensors fixed onto the athletes and coupled with their cellphones. The cellphones transmit the acquired data to a remote computer for further analysis. But let’s get a little more specific…

Flashback to the London Olympics, 2012. The US Women’s Cycling Team was in a unenviable position: their timing was 5 seconds below the minimum required to even qualify! Bummer.

They fixed sensors onto each bike and started collecting data to find patterns in it, hoping that these patterns would tell them how they could improve to make the grade. Unfortunately (and typically) there was so much data that even looking at it wanted to make them quickly shut their computers and go lie down.

Someone then told them that patterns would be easy to recognize if they visualized the data using pie charts and other graphic representations of the data. They got hold of a good visualization program and immediately saw meaningful patterns in the data… it was obvious from those patterns if they made certain changes to their routines, behavior and lifestyles, there would be significant improvements in their cycling performance.

They implemented the changes suggested by the data visualization and bang, they won a silver at the Olympics!

Come back for more Big Data success stories and get in touch with us here if you want us to help you with your own!

To your success with data,

lucky2

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review: Kevin Spacey Attempts A Resurrection

Posted in animation, CAD

This from http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Call-Duty-Advanced-Warfare-Review-Kevin-Spacey-Attempts-Resurrection-68295.html:

Players are outfitted with exoskeletons that allow them to do superhuman things, like leap 20 feet in the air, rip a car door off its hinges and use it as a shield, or slow down time.

From the technology point of view, Kevin appears filmed as a real actor, when in reality his image and movements are all computer-generated using sophisticated motion-capture techniques.

TMG is in the process of building the largest motion-capture studio in Asia to lower the costs of motion capture. Stay tuned for progress reports!

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