3D printing

3-D Printers Can Now Create Human Blood Vessels

3-D Printers Can Now Create Human Blood Vessels

Yet another breakthrough for 3-D printing technology.  TechCrunch has the (somewhat macabre) story: One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now […]

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Another Way 3-D Printing Will Change the Economy

Another Way 3-D Printing Will Change the Economy

According to the Economist, one effect 3-D printing will have will be to cut down on factory and warehouse  inventory and thereby reduce demand for “logistics” companys that ship and store stuff.  At least one such company, UPS, understands that threat and is creating a new service to offset it: Stratasys, a Minneapolis company which […]

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3-D Printing Gets Serious

3-D Printing Gets Serious

We’ve been following the 3-D printing phenomenon for quite a while.  It has the potential to transform manufacturing and, as a result, economic development.  Now, according to the Economist’s Schumpeter blog, the industry is moving into a new phase that could transform both the crafts market and the mainline manufacturers that use the technology: CONSOLIDATION […]

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SUNY New Paltz Establishes 3-D Printing Facility

SUNY New Paltz Establishes 3-D Printing Facility

Sometime in the 1990s, while working at SUNY New Paltz, I had suggested that the campus could play an important role in economic development if it could marry its traditional strengths in arts and design with its nascent program in electrical engineering. While the suggestion was met with quizzical looks at the time, it has […]

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3D Printing Comes to Community Visioning

3D Printing Comes to Community Visioning

We have a long standing interest in the revolutionary potential for 3-D printing.  Planetizen highlights an Atlantic Cities post on how Lexington, KY is making exciting use of this innovative technology: Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville calls the city’s annual Ideas Festival a “democratized” version of the TED conference. “You don’t have to pay ten […]

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Technology and Open Source Innovation

Technology and Open Source Innovation

Here is an interesting TED talk by Massimo Banzi of Arduino about how technology (including 3D printing) has the potential to dramatically expand the possibilities of open source innovation through out the economy.  Worth watching!

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