Are you done with fortune tellers and trend watchers and do you want to know what the future really looks like? Then take a look inside a patent database, our columnist Hans Helsloot writes.
Chemists at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU, Germany) have developed a method for 3D printing whereby liquids are integrated directly into the materials during the printing process.
Xilloc in the Dutch town of Geleen manufactures 3D-printed implants for the human body out of plastic that living tissue reacts well to. Hospitals from all over the world are placing orders.
The dosages of the active substances in the pills can be matched to the needs of each individual patient.
Young additive manufacturing company moves to a four times larger space at BIC, and is already preparing for further expansion
This ultra-fast bioprinter from Utrecht University in the Netherlands makes it possible to print a heart valve or segment of a thighbone.
Further research work will however be necessary until industrial application is possible, for example as a composite in lightweight construction.
Thinking three-dimensionally could revolutionize fashion production, 3D-modeling techniques and innovative use of materials are just some of its advantages.
Bio-Inks will enable organs to be printed in 3D in the future. This also opens up the possibility of substantially reducing the number of animal experiments as a consequence.
Universities and research institutes contribute significantly to the number of Dutch 3D printing technology-related patent applications, accounting for 21% of the total.
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