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The new health craze – printing 3d body parts!

By now, the majority of us are familiar with 3D printing technology, and the remarkable possibilities that it prises. However, one of the most recent scientific advancements is truly astounding, and one that could revolutionise regenerative medicine forever.

Scientists and Doctors are currently working alongside each other in a bid to 3D print living body parts. According to professionals, there is now hope that we may be able to recreate exact copies of various body parts, and use them to repair bodily defects and injuries.

3D printing has become quite commonly used by the health sector, but I think it’s safe to say that none of us could have even anticipated such incredible developments.

Originally published by Nature Biotechnology, these regenerative advancements present a hope that we may be able to recreate living body parts using human cell tissue.

The ITOP (integrated tissue-organ printer) is capable of fabricating stable, human-scale constructs of any shape, which could eventually be used to heal various defects of the human anatomy.

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Tested on a number of different forms, the ITOP has successfully replicated ears, jaws and more. By placing human cells in a specific pattern, experts believe that the notion of actually utilising such components is completely possible.

In order to work, the ITOP uses a water-based gel containing cells to encourage growth, and a bio-degradable plastic that provides structure.

So far, the technology appears to have been successful. When implanted into animals, the plastic in the structures eventually broke down as natural proteins were produced.

Lead researcher, Professor Anthony Atala, is now confident that these tissues could now be printed on a human scale.

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As scientists and doctors test durability, the world waits in anticipation. Eventually, doctors hope that they will be able to print directly into a patient, but there is still plenty of research that must be done first.

How exciting. Another 3D printing phenomenon to add to the ever-growing list. For more on 3D printing, make sure you check out our YouTube Channel, where there are loads of cool videos to watch.

Ricoh 3D Printer to be launched in 2016

ricoh 3d printerThe release of a brand new Ricoh 3D Printer has been announced, with the device expected to be available to European customers by mid-2016.

The Ricoh 3D Printer, which is called the Ricoh AM S5500P, is a high-speed, high-quality device that is designed to help businesses meet their specific manufacturing innovation needs.

This Ricoh 3D Printer can print using PA6 and PP materials, both of which are of genuine importance to manufacturers, such as those in the automotive industry.

Coming with a large modelling area, this Ricoh 3D Printer can create various parts at the same time, as well as fabricate large parts all at once.

Ricoh launched their additive manufacturing business in September 2014 and, up until the new Ricoh 3D Printer, have been selling third-party 3D printers, along with a complete range of services, such consulting, 3D data and fabrication.

Peter Williams, Executive Vice President, Ricoh Europe, said: “The launch of the Ricoh AM S5500P forms a landmark in the near 80-year history of Ricoh and it is also a key milestone in the evolution of the additive manufacturing industry.

“As a company committed to innovation and supporting businesses as they evolve throughout the digital age, we are excited to bring a fresh approach and introduce a powerful new product with comprehensive end-to-end services.

“We look forward to formnext, where we will demonstrate the capabilities of the Ricoh AM S5500P in supporting high functional materials and creating multiple large parts simultaneously, in addition to showcasing our services portfolio.”

The Ricoh 3D Printer will be at the formnext 2015 event in Frankfurt from 17th-20th November.

OKI Pro Series Graphic Arts Printers unveiled

oki pro seriesThe OKI Pro Series printers, which feature unique, in-built digital graphic arts technology, have been revealed by OKI Europe Ltd.

The OKI Pro Series, which are ideal for graphic arts printing, are based on innovative technology that challenge traditional printing processes, opening up new opportunities and on-demand revenue streams for creative businesses and print houses.

The OKI Pro Series range of printers delivers outstanding print quality, faster time to market and a lower cost per page. Combining fast, efficient production capabilities with outstanding, commercial quality, digital colour printing the OKI Pro Series range is perfect for graphic arts and creative businesses looking to offer more to their customers.

“Comprising vibrant four and five-colour technology and innovative printing processes, the new Pro Series from OKI offers print houses and creative firms the flexibility to take creative printing to a whole new level while also improving their own business performance,” says Guy Boxall, Senior Product Manager, OKI Europe.

Each printer in the OKI Pro Series range is designed to help save money, with high-capacity consumables reducing user intervention and contributing to a lower cost per page.

High-resolution printing of up to 1,200 x 1,200dpi, high-print speeds of up to 50 page per minute and unrivalled media handling capability with a choice of media up to 360gsm set the OKI Pro Series apart in the market.

The first printers launched in the new Pro Series range are the OKI Pro9431, OKI Pro9541 and OKI Pro9542 A3 colour printers.

“The new Pro Series is unique in combining innovative OKI creative technology with advanced, high-impact colour quality and cost-saving features,” adds Boxall

“As well as opening the door to both new creative and commercial printing opportunities, creative agencies and print houses also have the option to commit to a set cost and number of prints per month ensuring predictable pricing and controllable monthly outgoings, with no unexpected costs.”

Epson enhances all-in-one printing for the home

Epson have unveiled their latest range of Expression all-in-one printers, which come with a number of enhancements.

Building on the huge success of the existing models, these all-in-one printers, scanners and copiers harness Epson’s world-renowned print technology to create superior-quality results.

With a range of advanced connectivity features, the whole family can create fantastic-looking photos and documents at home or from almost anywhere around the world.

Expression Home and Premium models utilise a new Claria ink-set with individual inks, meaning users can produce superb-quality photos and documents, while keeping their costs down.

Photography enthusiasts will love the new Expression Photo, which is now even easier to use. They can get started straight away with the addition of an auto power-on function, while both the paper tray and control panel now feature an auto open and close mechanism for easy and effortless printing.

With more flexibility than ever before, the whole range comes with a multitude of advanced connectivity features. As part of an integrated and speedy installation, all models feature automatic Wi-Fi set-up2 to allow users to start printing in no time.

When it comes to mobile printing, it’s all about choice, and Epson Connect offers users a whole suite of printing options. Whether using a smartphone or tablet, the iPrint app can be downloaded to a range of devices for truly wireless printing.

The possibilities don’t end there, with Epson Email Print, users can also print from anywhere in the world by simply emailing their documents and photos directly to their printer. For creative-minded users, the Creative Print app can access Facebook photos, create custom greeting cards and stationery, and even turn photos into colouring book templates.

“We set about refining our whole Expression range to ensure they continue to set the standard in flexible and versatile home all-in-ones,” says Simon Hanly, product manager, Epson UK.

“Our customers will be glad to see that they have a choice of models that include all the superior connectivity features, mobile printing and high-quality individual inks that have made the Expression range such a success.”

Check out the range of Epson Expression Printers here.

Canon refresh all-in-one inkjet range

PIXMA MG7750 EUR Bl closed black AMBIENTCanon have unveiled three new All-in-One inkjet printers to their home printing range. Designed for personal and home office use, the PIXMA MG5740, MG6840 and MG7740 are built with connectivity at their heart and combine enhanced cloud and Wi-Fi functions with new high quality printing technology, to make printing and sharing photos and documents easier than ever.

Offering print, copy and scan functionality, the latest models work seamlessly with a variety of apps and cloud services, and are now compatible with Instagram and Slideshare, opening up the possibility for users to print from a greater range of popular social networks and business services. Using PIXMA Cloud Link, users are able to access these services directly from the printers’ touch screens, removing the need to use a PC or separate connected device.

The PIXMA MG5740, MG6840 and MG7740 also make it easy to access and print directly from a range of popular cloud services, such as GoogleDrive, Dropbox, Evernote and OneDrive, as well as uploading scanned documents and photos to Microsoft OneNote.

The PIXMA MG5740, MG6840 and MG7740 all come with Canon’s PIXMA Cloud Link Scan and Remote Print feature, which allows users to scan a document or photo with one printer and print from another in a different location through the cloud. For example, it’s possible to surprise a relative with the latest family picture beautifully printed on their PIXMA printer or make sure you get that document printed to another office location in time for a colleague’s important meeting, even if you’re working from home.

In addition, eco-conscious households can reduce their energy usage thanks to the Auto Power On/Off function, which is activated when sending a print from the cloud.

Getting straight to the print, with enriched quality

Connecting smart devices with the new PIXMA models for printing and scanning tasks is quick and easy thanks to integrated Wi-Fi Direct, which eliminates the need for an internet connection or password. When in a rush, the MG7740’s built in NFC technology allows users to print and scan via the Canon PRINT app in seconds, just by touching their NFC-enabled smart device on the printer.

Once connected, both photos and documents can be printed instantly in stunning quality, using new Canon ink technology which provides enhanced colour reproduction for photo and document printing.

Powerful, high quality printing for the home: the PIXMA MG7740

Replacing the PIXMA MG7540, the new premium All-in-One six-ink MG7740 features a compact sleek design and produces exceptional quality results. Users can enjoy effortless operation and straightforward navigation of the photo printer’s functions with the support of an 8.8cm touch screen, as well as Canon’s unique Intelligent Touch System interface. Thanks to the six individual ink cartridges, the MG7740 produces high resolution images up to 9600dpi with smooth gradations, even in monochrome prints.

Stylish, connected home printing: the PIXMA MG6840 and MG5740

Replacing the PIXMA MG6640 and MG5640 respectively, the MG6840 and MG5740 enable anyone to print both high quality pictures and important documents in the comfort of their home, with their five-ink print systems. Both printers offer the freedom of printing from a range of cloud services, including connecting to and printing from smart devices and Wi-Fi enabled cameras.

All three new PIXMA printers support optional XL cartridges, which allow users to print more for less.