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Researchers 3D Print A Human Heart

3D printing is expected to revolutionize the medical industry. Not only are 3D printers creating medical devices, they are also creating organs for patients. Just recently, researchers expanded their 3D printing prototypes to include hearts that have the potential to work inside human beings. 

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How Industry 4.0 Can Help Your Business

Industry 4.0 is becoming more important to the state of the manufacturing industry, but many people aren’t taking full advantage of the opportunity. Although 85% of businesses see the potential of Industry 4.0, only 15% have dedicated strategies in place.

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Video: Stratasys Builds A Wall Of 3D Printers

The latest creation by Stratasys could change the additive manufacturing industry. The 3D Demonstrator, an automated, multi-cell 3D printing concept, is designed for low-volume production and mass customization. 

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3D-Printed, Soft-Legged Robot Can Walk On Rough Terrains

Most soft robots can only shuffle or crawl due to their squishy bodies. This makes them great for getting into tight spaces but completely unreliable when navigating rough terrains. However, according to Endgaget, engineers from the University of San Diego have flipped the script, creating the very first soft robot that can walk on rough surfaces, climb over obstacles and wiggle into confined spaces.

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Researchers Find A Way To 3D Print Organs To Save Lives

Organ transplant waiting lists are known to be very long. It can take anywhere from three to five years before an organ is even available. Fortunately, this might all change with the help of 3D printing. 

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You Can Now 3D Print A House In 24 Hours

Looking to buy a new home but have a limited budget? The folks at the San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor might be able to help you. They just built an entire house within 24 hours using 3D printing. 

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3D-Printed Modular Satellites Are In The Works

Although it only takes Boeing 11 days to build a 737, it takes the company much longer to build a satellite. In fact, less than 10 satellites are made a year using their customized manual assembly practices. So what can be done to combat the issue? The answer lies in a solution many manufacturers and engineers are turning to 3D printing.

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The American Inventions That Revolutionized Manufacturing

February 11 is National Inventors’ Day, which celebrates the tremendous impact that American inventors have had on the United States and people around the world.

The manufacturing industry has also felt the impact of these innovators who were willing to push the possibilities of their times and technologies.

In honor of National Inventors’ Day, we wanted to take a look back at a few of the awesome American inventions that have shaped the industry.

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The Evolution of 3D Printing

From reducing costs to increasing efficiency to spurring innovation, many people are excited about the impact that 3D printing will have on the future of manufacturing. However, the truth is, it already has made a significant impact on the industry.

Take a look back at the evolution of 3D printing to see how the phenomenon started and how it has helped the manufacturing industry evolve.

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