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How can 3D printing reduce a company’s carbon footprint? Can 3D printing materials combat skin infections within amputees? Would you wear 3D printed swimwear accessories?
In this edition of Sliced, the 3D Printing Industry news digest, we cover the latest from Renovis Surgical Technologies, Copper 3D, HP, The University of Canterbury and more.
University - Canterbury - Master - Engineering - Student
University of Canterbury Master of Engineering student, Benjamin Houlton, is currently developing a 3D printed water filter that can successfully remove trace metals from water streams and polluted waterways.
Similar to the Sonora Institute of Technology’s osmosis-reversing 3D printed water filters, this device will improve the quality of water in developing countries.
Houlton - Computer - Simulations - Water - Flows
Houlton is using computer simulations of water flows through filters to establish the ideal structure for his filter. 3D printing technologies can then enable the production of water filters with more intricate structures, which is hard to obtain through traditional manufacturing methods.
“Further down the track the filters could be used in developing countries like Cambodia where there are high levels of arsenic in river water,” said Holton.
UC - Master - Engineering - Student - Benjamin
UC Master of Engineering student Benjamin Houlton. Photo via the University of Canterbury.
Ciska Barnard, the swimwear designer for South-African based clothing brand Bambshell, has used 3D printing to accessorize its swimwear collection for finalists of the Miss South Africa Pageant.
Collection - Bare - Beauty - Skin - Tones
The swimwear collection, called Bare Beauty, inspired by natural skin tones, featured 3D printed flowers made from Sinterit’s TPU-based material Flexa Black, which gave the flowers a smooth and flexible finish.
“Fashion needs more flexible solutions. It is not so easy to find a dependable, flexible material that would be a perfect match for the fashion industry and available for 3D printers,” said Konrad Glowacki, co-founder of Sinterit.
Flowers - South - African - Service - Bureau
The flowers were 3D printed by were printed by the South African service bureau, Build Volume, using the desktop SLS 3D printer, Sinterit Lisa.
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