This week in engineering and design brings an app that saves on food waste & money, the 2016’s high performance 3D printing material guide, and lessons learned from a doctor using 3D printed models to improve surgical planning.
This week we learned about Food For All, a kickstarter campaign for an app built on the mission of social awareness regarding food waste. The app allows people to buy great food from restaurants and catering companies, which would be considered leftovers and usually thrown away at the end of the day, at a discount. In the United Starts, up to 40% of all food produced is wasted. Users simply use Food For All to search, order and then pick up their discounted food.
3D PRINTING NEWS
This week marked the release of the latest guide for 3D printing users. The High Performance 3D Printing Material Guide delves into the top rated Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) thermoplastics on the market, designed to withstand extremes for advanced applications and production runs of end-use parts. Tested extensively for reliability and repeatability, high performance materials are commonly used in the aerospace, automotive, defense, manufacturing and medical device and research industries. Download the year end guide for high performance FDM 3D printing material and discover which of the 14 materials reviewed is the best option for your applications.
This week we also heard from use of 3D printers as the best way to replicate patient-specific anatomy. As a surgeon, he performs minimally invasive, endovascular surgeries to repair structural defects of the heart, whether a defective valve or other holes or defects. Dr. Iyer explained how allowing physicians access to advanced multi-material 3D printing technology, is invaluable for complex cases.“As each patient and situation is unique, being able to test a device on a three-dimensional model prior to a complex procedure allows physicians to understand the potential interactions of the device with the patient’s tissue, as well as how the device will sit in the space. All of this information allows me to individualize surgical strategies.”the Director of the Structural Heart Team at Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute (GVI) in Buffalo, New York regarding his
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
This week the world was awestruck over a video showing a paralyzed monkey walking again. The new brain implant was tested on monkeys with spinal cord severed on one side, so only on leg was paralyzed. Watch the video to see how the implant decodes messages from the monkey’s brain to a second implant below the spine injury.