3D Faces Printed from DNA in Discarded Objects

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an information artist who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to DNA, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature, technology and the environment.

In her fascinating series entitled Stranger Visions, Heather collects DNA samples from discarded objects found on the street such as hair, nails, cigarette butts and chewing gum.

3-D Printed Rocket Engine Passes Hot Fire Trials

3D printing as a technology has only really piqued the interest of the public within the last few years. Last week, however, it got a giant boost thanks to NASA and a company called Aerojet Rockedyne. The process, also known as selective laser melting (SLM), uses super-strength lasers to liquefy and fuse metallic powders into a desired shape.

3d Imaging Market to reach $9.82 Billion by 2018

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the 3D imaging market, including 3D modeling, 3D scanning, 3D rendering, layout and animation and image reconstruction, is growing at a CAGR of 26.7% and is expected to reach $9.82 billion by 2018. Read more at 3ders.org here.

MIT Researchers Build Silk Pavilion Using Biological 3d Printer

“Our research integrates computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication“, claims the ‘about’ page of MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Group. Though this may sound like run-of-the-mill architectural boasting, you are unlikely to find any more exemplary combination of scientific research, digital design and biomimetic construction than their recently completed Silk Pavilion.

Electrical Signals of Consciousness in Dying Brain

The "near-death experience" reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at theUniversity of Michigan Health System.

Whether and how the dying brain is capable of generating conscious activity has been vigorously debated.

3d Printing to Explode in 2014 Due to Patent Expirations

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann Scott, design evangelist at 3d printing company Shapeways. Read more at qz.com here.

3d Printed Windpipe Saves Baby's Life

We’ve seen plenty of 3-d printed medical implants for patients that require replacement tissues, but this use of 3-d printed biopolymer to augment and correct an existing tissue highlights just how amazing the convergence of 3-D printing and medicine is (and will be). Kaiba Gionfriddo was born apparently a normal, healthy baby, but at six months of age he stopped breathing. Regularly.

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Robohand 3D Printed Body Parts

While some people focus on 3D printing guns, other are making the world a better place, improving the lives of those around them, and just generally being awesome. Robohand is focused on developing open-source designs for mechanical finger prosthetics. Thanks to Makerbot generously providing two Replicator 2′s to the project, they are now expolring the ways in which 3D printing can be applied to bio. Check out the complete story and great video at rasterweb.net.

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The 3 Best Tools for a High School Makerspace

Casey Shea, the teacher who transformed an old high school tech lab into a functional shop space for his Project Make classes, talks about his three favorite tools for a high school makerspace: a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and his number one choice: a vinyl cutter.

Building Bridges II Report

Building Bridges II: Breaking Down Barriers:

A new report by NJPRO and the InnovationNJ coalition builds upon prior NJPRO research “Building Bridges I” released in 2010. The original study articulates the critical need for collaboration between academia and industry in our State.

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What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces (also known as Hackerspaces, Creative Spaces, Fab Labs, Makelabs and in California - Makerhoods), according to Wikipedia,  are open community labs where members with common interests (e.g., engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, etc.) gather to share resources, knowledge, career networking and build new devices.  Generally, makerspaces are designed to meet the following needs:

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