Scientists Manage to 3D Print “Live” Blood Vessels

The 3D printer is considered by some futurologists, such as Jeremy Rifkin, the beginning of the third industrial revolution. 3D printing has come a long way over the last few years, and it can now be used to replicate almost any kind of object, including blood vessels. Replicating blood vessels in this way doesn’t sound very natural or risk-free, but a team of scientists has recently reported great progress in this particular field. Blood vessels have been 3D printed by Lawrence Livermore researchers, and the most impressive part is that they are not all that different from the real ones found within our bodies.

Since these vessels can deliver nutrients and assemble on their own when they are inside a living body, they can be considered “live” vessels, but there is still a lot of work to be done in order to successfully replicate mother nature’s original design. In order to create a totally functioning blood vessel, some essential steps must be taken into consideration. First, scientists need to print an initial structure from cells and organic materials, and then they need to supplement the result with bio-ink and other special materials that would be tolerated by the body. As you can probably imagine, this is a long and difficult process that requires a lot of research in order to be completed successfully. Moreover, even though the cells themselves can be created, they still need to be organized properly into structures. If the organizing step also goes well, we’ll witness some very impressive advancements in the fields of medicine and biology.

Mad Catz Announces Weird Looking R.A.T.1 Mouse

Mad Catz has been on a role lately and released quite a few new products, but they’re far from done. The newest entry is a budget oriented and a very weird-looking mouse called the R.A.T.1. The R.A.T.1 features an innovative modular design as well as 3D printing and personalization options that enable users to truly make it their own.

The new Mad Catz R.A.T.1 is available for preorders now and it will ship in December. The price isn’t bad at all and this new funky looking mouse can be yours for just $29.99. The mouse features three core components: A tripod chassis, a sensor module, and an adjustable palm rest that users can customize to match their personal style and usage requirements. Due to the simple design, the mouse is ultra-lightweight but still made from the same materials used in Mad Catz’ tournament-grade mice.

The R.A.T. 1 comes with an adjustable 3500DPI optical Pixart PMW3320 gaming-grade sensor module. The module itself can be used without anything else as a very compact laptop mouse, making it even more useful. The R.A.T.1 is also the world’s first gaming mouse that empower users to use a 3D Printer to create their own customized Palm Rest. Owners of the R.A.T.1, can download 3D CAD files of the Palm Rest, create, print and share their own unique designs right from their home 3D Printer! The DPI is adjustable all the way down to 250 DPI and the R.A.T.1 features six programmable buttons.

“With a gaming DNA derived from the award-winning R.A.T. PRO Series, the R.A.T.1 re-envisions what a gaming mice could be with its innovative modular design and unique customization options,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “The R.A.T.1 sets a new standard in design and personalization, appealing to both passionate gamers and casual users alike – allowing us to broaden the appeal of our R.A.T., range and drive our PC business into 2016 and beyond.”

The Mad Catz RAT1 mouse is available as a black and green model or white and red for those who want to mix it up a little bit.


Roccat Announces New Gaming Peripherals

ROCCAT is well known for their gaming products and they aren’t shy to try out new things like the ROCCAT Phobo concept that made its debut in 2012 as a gaming keyboard with slot-integrated smartphone. Continuing this, ROCCAT announced the new Ryos Phobo keyboard. The base concept is still the same, combining a good gaming keyboard with smartphone technology connected via two Bluetooth channels. The wireless Ipuri setup allows you to place your phone anywhere on the desktop to suit your setup and preferences. Cherry MX Switch Mechanical keys, two USB ports and a ten-key-less design make the Ryos Phobo a powerful but compact gaming keyboard.

“When concepting Phobo, we knew we had a strong vision,” explains René Korte, CEO and Founder of ROCCAT. “Still, we brought it back to the drawing board to expand and perfect the design.”

Those already interested in the new Ryos Phobo keyboard will have to wait a little while as “we’re looking at a Q3 2015 drop date” for this out of the ordinary keyboard.


ROCCAT is showed off the mechanical keyboard lineup with the Ryos MK FX and, Ryos TKL FX, both with Cherry MX Switches and RGB LEDs. The difference between the two models whether you want the numpad or not, AKA Ten-Keys-Less.

The new Nyth gaming mouse is expected a little bit earlier than the keyboard with a Q2 2015 date. The Nyth is a modular MMO gaming mouse that fluidly transforms into OBA and FPS layouts thanks to custom button placement and interchangeable side-parts. Those lucky enough to own a 3D printer will also be able to print, and create their own parts for the mouse.

“Our growing file library of 3-D printed buttons and side-parts will ensure Nyth users get value out of Nyth years past what anyone else is offering today,” effuses René. “It’s adaptable and great fun to play with. Much like the human fingerprint, almost no Nyth will be the same as another once users bring their creative customizations into the picture.” 

The new ROCCAT’s Kave XTD 5.1 Analog headset is the last of the new peripherals showed, and it is also the one that will be available first with a Q1 2015 date. It comes with noise canceling technology and in-cable remote as well as a 25% weight reduction.

Thanks to Roccat for providing us with this information

Incredible Dress Fully 3D Printed with the 3Doodler Pen

The world of 3D printing has changed a lot in the recent years and we’ve seen many new products emerge at an ever decreasing price. One of the few to really stand out is the 3Doodler Pen that allows you to draw 3D models into almost free air.

Using just this pen, the fashion house SHIGO printed an entire seashell themed dress that simply looks amazing. Okay to be fair, it isn’t completely 3D printed, there are buckles on the side and shoulders to allow the wearer to easy take the dress on and off when needed.

The fashion house SHIGO is located in Hong Kong, which bases their ideas behind their projects on concepts of transforming the ordinary into imaginative ideas and inspirational pieces of work, teamed up with 3Doodler and their 3D printing pen to print this elaborate dress. Using this method you overcome the old problems and common misconception that 3D printed clothing is rigid and uncomfortable.

It took the designers almost three month to create this piece, and it turned out even more phenomenal than the designers could have imagined. It’s based on a design of two different kind of seashells that interconnect with each other.

The designers first printed out a normal 2D template which was pasted onto a hard-paper figurine. This outline allowed them to print directly onto the surface with the 3Doodler with the filaments Blue Steel and Diamonds & Pearls. Once they had printed every single little line, the dress was gently peeled off the model and the buckles were attached with more PLA plastic filaments.

The dress has a very soft texture that feels almost like ordinary clothes due to the amount of thing lines printed in varying angles. And while this won’t be a thing that will enter our retail shops any time soon, it’s an amazing concept and result.

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Thank you 3Dprint for providing us with this information.

Images and video courtesy of 3Dprint.

Walking Bio-Bots Powered By Muscles Becoming a Reality

First of all, a ‘bio-bot’ is a machine which uses synthetic 3D-printed material with biological muscle tissue. Having stated the latter, researchers from the University of Illinois have apparently developed the so-called bio-bots in question, taking us one step further into the future of technological advancements.

Some might wonder how the bio-bots work and what is so special about them. The answer lies in the muscle fibers, having them spiked with electricity in order to contract. The muscles are attached to flexible 3D-printed skeleton frameworks, resulting in bending the skeleton when the muscles contract and reverting back to its original state when they relax. This in the end produces movement, combining biological and synthetic material to achieve such an action, thus the name ‘bio-bot’.

It is said that researchers have been working on similar projects since 2012. At that time, a walking bio-bot prototype used rat heart cells in order to provide motion. However, the researchers found out that the rat cells were not responding well to the induced electricity and couldn’t control when they fired. However, it appears that the ‘new version’ has solved this problem.

“Skeletal muscles cells are very attractive because you can pace them using external signals,” head researcher Rashid Bashir said. “We want to have different options that could be used by engineers to design these things.”

The group of researchers from Illinois sees bio-bots potentially useful for surgical aids and drug delivery vehicles. The group also emphasized that, having their own neurons, they could even recognize and respond to light and chemical stimuli. The group has apparently published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which is a good place to get more details about the bio-bots in question.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of The University of Illinois and Nature World News