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3D Printing Technology Can Print Your Pizza

BeeHex, a technology startup company designing a 3D food printer, has raised $1 million in seed funding to debut its first product, a pizza printer called the Chef 3D. Originally, the company wanted to create a printer that would have the capability to make an array of foods for astronauts on long missions in outer space. However, the company’s cofounders: Anjan Contractor, Chintan Kanuga, Jordan French, and Ben Feltner, have been adjusting their original concept printer technology for a commercial market that is ready on Earth today. The printers use pneumatic systems, rather than conventional additive manufacturing technologies, to move around ingredients.

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Long-term, French said, BeeHex wishes to design a network of printers that are able to create snacks or meals on-the-spot, tailored to the consumers’ needs. Customers would eventually be able to choose their food through an app, or the BeeHex printers could make food that correlates to their health needs, taking into consideration information transmitted from internet connected medical devices or fitness-related wearables. BeeHex CEO and cofounder Anjan Contractor says the startup plans a soft debut, working with select pilot consumers in the food business in 2017. The company moved its research and development facilities to Ohio recently, a region that is home to some 170 food and beverage manufacturers

“Businesses want to provide food personalization, and they don’t want to have to spend a lot on training new employees to offer this,” contractor said. A machine like BeeHex’s 3D Chef would let businesses offer fresh pizzas that are shaped like a cartoon character for kids, for example, or that are gluten-free for celiac customers, without requiring cooks to learn specialized skills. Investor Jim Grote said BeeHex could be a long-term profitable business just creating 3-D printing solutions for high-volume pizza restaurants, especially major chains like Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, or Dominos. According to market research firm Packaged Facts, the pizza restaurant industry pulls in around $43 billion in annual sales worldwide.

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New advancements like 3D-printed prosthetics have helped individuals around the world. Presently, animal orthotics are enhancing the lives of crippled canines as well as the occasional elephant.

A husky mix named Derby suffers from a birth defect which causes his front legs to curl. Because of this he can not walk or run like other dogs.

A pitbull puppy named Hudson became an amputee at three weeks of age after being nailed to a railroad track and left for dead.

Fortunately, for these pups, there story does not end here. Thanks to some good individuals, current technologies and the developing field of animal orthotics these fortunate dogs get a fresh “jump” on life.

“Technology can be a valuable tool in the veterinary prosthetic field,” stated Derrick Campana of Animal Ortho Care; who is one of approximately six orthotists around the globe who design and create 3-D braces and prostheses for disabled animals.

“3D technology enables us to treat a broader range of patients. It also enables us to treat tiny patients we couldn’t accommodate before.”

Utilizing traditional methods as well as new technologies; Campana makes custom pieces that enhance the lives of pets, (mainly dogs and cats) but also goats, llamas, deer and including the occasional elephant.

Campana is the one got Derby and Hudson back on their feet.

As per Campana, if an animal in Australia needs a prosthesis, they can send an MRI to Animal Ortho Care and the team will make a mold to fit the disabled dog.

Campana says 3D imaging can save time as well when many copies of the same device are needed or if a prosthetic breaks because they do not need to start from scratch.

Derby, Blade Runner

Tara Anderson met Derby in 2014 in a New England-based animal shelter. She noticed the little Husky mix with his severely deformed front limbs. It broke her heart. Eventually, she returned and volunteered to foster him.

“I kept looking at his photo and hearing his story, and I cried, literally, every time,” she said. “I had to try and help this dog.”

To help him walk Anderson got a cart with wheels which attached to Derby’s front limbs; however, his mobility was still limited. He could not run around and play with other dogs.

Anderson is a manager with 3D systems. She asked two of her coworkers who are both 3DS designers; to use 3D tech to make prostheses for Derby. She asked Campana to help because of his experience in orthotics.

They made a model of Derby’s front limbs using 3D modeling software and designed custom pockets to put his disabled legs in. Finally they created the wheel-shaped blades that became Derby’s 3D-printed prosthetic limbs.

They made the first one smaller in order to allow Derby time to learn to use his new prostheses, and strengthen his back muscles. Later they made a larger design that would allow him to walk with a flat back like other dogs.

“Derby was a challenging case, and I don’t think it would have worked if we didn’t use 3D printing,” said Campana. “Because the file was stored on the computer, we didn’t have to build molds by hand time after time.”

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Divergent 3D’s technology delivers many advantages vs. traditional manufacturing.

Previously we were looking at how Lamborghini uses forged composite carbon fiber in automobile manufacturing. However, forged composites are not the only possibilities when talking about cutting edge materials. Divergent 3D is creating additive manufacturing auto parts for the everyday consumer (3D printing for you and me). They recently signed a partnership with PSA Group (Peugeot and Citroën) and today they created a partnership with engineering firm Altran. Divergent 3D is currently creating the technology to enable OEM’s to produce components; in volume, using extremely low energy and much lower capital costs as compared to conventional methods.

Auto parts are manufactured today in pretty much the same way they have been made for over 20 years. Huge presses are used to stamp out metal parts. These presses are extremely expensive and utilize substantial amounts of energy. Kevin Czinger, Divergent 3D’s founder and CEO, realized this when he co-founded a business that manufactured electric vehicles. He told Ars: “I learned that what slows down advances in the auto industry is hard-metal tooling and stamping. You need hundreds of millions of dollars up front for hardware design and construction, which needs to be amortized, and changes to that hardware become prohibitively expensive.”

Divergent 3D’s innovation utilizes direct-metal laser sintering. Layers of aluminum alloy powder are developed to make the fundamental parts or to fabricate molds for non-metallic segments. Furthermore, in light of the fact that mind boggling shapes can be made effortlessly, parts that as of recently have been made of a few pieces that must be welded together can be made as single pieces.

As per Czinger; Divergent 3D and its partners are working on structural parts and segments of suspension, but over time “large complex structures like cylinder heads and engine blocks will be 3D printed.” The goal is to lower the number of parts per car by three fourths as well as lower the weight of cars by half. Lighter cars are more fuel efficient. According to Czinger, his parts are 10-15 percent lighter than T6 aluminum, but just as tough.

Czinger said that a factory of sixteen 3D printers; priced at approximately $1 million each, would be capable of producing approximately 10,000 auto’s per year. Design changes are also easier to make considering they either utilize the 3D printer or parts created by the 3D printer, (easily reconfigured once the revised part is designed in silico).

PSA Group’s Chairman Carlos Tavares said: “We are very impressed by the promising new opportunities in Divergent 3D’s technology. We’re convinced that these spectacular advances in 3D printing will help position PSA Group as a leader in automobile manufacturing. This has the potential to dramatically scale down the size and scope of our manufacturing footprint, reduce overall vehicle weight and build complexity, while also giving us almost limitless flexibility in design output. We are talking about a radical change for our industry.”

Altran; a large engineering and R&D company, appears to be just as excited. Rob Vatter, CEO of Altran North America, said: “The dramatic transformation the auto industry is facing must take into consideration not only how to leverage disruptive innovation, but also how to reduce the capital required to bring connected and intelligent vehicles to market. This partnership will address both considerations by streamlining the process of creating and integrating complex systems that will make up the cars of the near and distant future. At the same time, Divergent 3D’s platform will help us optimize our customers’ value chains by lowering costs and speeding up development timelines.”

Cizinger plans to take the next three to four years to prove the technology, then he feels we will start seeing it become available in commercial vehicles. “As more niche vehicles get built this will be used more and more because of low upfront capital cost and time,” he told Ars.

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The long-term goal of medical additive manufacturing is to have the ability to bioprint completely useful 3D-printed organs. That does not infer; however, that 3D printing does not currently offer the medical world numerous advantages.

WhiteCloud (Full-color 3D-printing giant) has released a 3D printing service called 3DyourSCAN. This service offers patients undergoing surgery; special-made, full-color models of their organs based on their CT/MRI scans for educational purposes. The most impressive part is that these personalized models can be produced as fast as 24 hours.

“There is still a really big barrier when it comes to communicating and understand what is going on inside the body,” Braden Ellis, WhiteCloud’s chief revenue officer, told Digital Trends. “This process really changes people’s perspective on what personalized healthcare can be. It’s now possible to give people a truly visible interaction with what’s going on inside themselves, prior to surgery. It provides the patient — who doesn’t have training to read MRIs or CAT scans — an understanding of what they’re facing, and why surgery may be the right route for them.”

In order to be able to visualize the inside of the organ; 3DyourSCAN includes a “Hinge & Slice” system allowing for a cross-section connected by a hinge. This technology is a partnership with advanced visualization software company TeraRecon.

“It’s mind-blowing to see what can come out of these printers,” Ellis continued. “Color is a really big aspect. Single color prints don’t really highlight the areas of interest. TeraRecon has incredibly incredible algorithms for color shading. It gives a sense of true realistic color; much like what a surgeon would be seeing. It makes it much more relatable for people.”

Ellis explained that even though other companies previously produced personalized models of organs; they usually take three to five weeks to produce. 3D printing (and a company with the resources of WhiteCloud) can help to change this.

“The turnaround time is really important,” he said. “With instant gratification services like Amazon Prime setting the bar of expectations for what people expect with delivery, we knew that this was key. With the capacity and technology that we have, our factories are able to handle thousands of objects every day — personalized and customized for individuals.”
And while services like Amazon Prime will rush the latest Game of Thrones boxset to our door, Ellis noted that in the medical world this takes on added importance.

“We see the need for this to be quick, because surgery often can’t wait,” he noted. “If it’s a knee surgery there may not be a huge rush, but if you look at children’s heart surgery or [operations to remove] brain tumors, these are things which are needed to be handled rapidly.”

At the end of the day; this is just one more way in which 3D printing as well as its industry leaders, are making the world a better place.

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