This week in engineering and design brought 30 second pumpkin carving, the 3D printed heart-on-a-chip that could speed up medical advancements, and the clearest imagery of the Milky Way Universe to date.
This week expanded our minds even further when we found out Scientists have created a detailed map of the Milky Way using two of the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescopes in Germany and Australia, and it is breathtaking. The research looked at neutral atomic hydrogen—the most abundant element in space and the main component of stars and galaxies—across the whole sky in a survey known as HI4PI. Like the clouds in the sky, all observations they received from the distant Universe had to pass through hydrogen in the Milky Way. The HI4PI data allowed them to correct accurately for all these hydrogen clouds and clean the window they were watching through, allowing for the most descriptive imaging of the Universe.
We’d also like to remind everyone that today starts the annual countdown to SOLIDWORKS World. Only 99 days until Los Angeles is taken over by the largest group of engineers for SOLIDWORKS World 2017. Registration for the annual conference is now open so be sure to register today.
3D PRINTING NEWS
This week has been a busy medical 3D printing week. We learned that Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3D printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing. Built by a fully automated, digital manufacturing procedure, the 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly fabricated and customized, allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies. This new approach to manufacturing may one day allow researchers to rapidly design organs-on-chips, also known as microphysiological systems, that match the properties of a specific disease or even an individual patient’s cells, allowing them to research in vitro tissue engineering, toxicology and drug screening. This would also be a better alternative to animal testing.
This week also brought 3D printing news from Moscow. Researchers from the National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) from Moscow have just unveiled a new 3D printed bone implant for skull injuries that is slowly absorbed into the body and replaced with natural bone tissue. This breakthrough represents a major step forward in the field of skull surgeries. Most importantly, it ensures a perfect fit thanks to an ingenious shape-memory shrinking and growing procedures. After being 3D printed at patient-specific parameters, it is contracted to about half its original size. During surgery, the object is heated up and obtains its original shape and size again, ensuring a perfect fit in the patient’s skull or jaw.
We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. So far the best costume idea we’ve found online goes to the fella going as a “fire hazard”, complete with six “smoking” Samsung Note7 boxes. Creative engineering and puns are definitely favorites for us. Got a fun costume? Share it below.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Just days away from Halloween, we wanted to share a unique approach to carving a pumpkin. No we didn’t 3D print carving tools like last time; this video shows a 60,000 psi waterjet cutter carving out a jack-o-lantern in 30 seconds! Talk about efficient.