UF Students Print 3-D Prosthetics For Children Abroad

Two University of Florida students have one goal for summer break: to produce 100 arms.

Candelario Baez and Arthi Balasubramaniam pose with their 3-D printed prosthetic. Baez and Balasubramaniam founded Outreach3D to distribute prosthetics and teach underserved communities how they can use 3-D printing to improve their daily lives. (Photo Courtesy of Candelario Baez)

Candelario Baez, 23, and Arthi, 20, founded Outreach3D on Feb. 10. Their nonprofit corporation hopes to provide prosthetic arms to those in need and give underprivileged communities the technology and knowledge needed to print their own devices.

“One of the things we’re out to do is to help make kids happy, so they can participate in activities they would not otherwise be able to do, such as riding a bike or strumming a guitar,” Balasubramaniam, a psychology major specializing in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience.

In order to make their hopes a reality, the students are working with the staff at the Florida Polytechnic University Rapid Applications Development Makerspace Lab (RAD) Makerspace Lab.

William Irvin showcases a 3-D-printed arm created at the RAD Makerspace Lab. Irwin has worked at the lab for almost three years, but he has worked with 3-D printing technology for close to five years. (Photo courtesy of William Irvin)

William Irvin, an Outreach3D board member and a 21-year-old student intern at the RAD Makerspace Lab, said the lab is not seeking a long-term partnership with the organization, but instead is hoping to help the students meet their first goal.

“We want to help them get off the ground and get them pumping out prosthetic limbs,” Irvin said.

Although the organization is fairly new, the students are moving quickly and working to distinguish themselves from other prosthetic organizations.

“What drove me to do this was that all the other groups seemed to be more local groups. They were smaller student organizations, and I didn’t really see a growth,” Baez said. “I wanted to help target countries, other than the U.S. that didn’t have the privilege of having access to a 3D printer.”

In order to meet the students’ goal of creating 100 arms by summer, the students are using open-source designs, which are free 3-D models available for public use. While these first arms are based on existing designs, the students hope to improve the designs in the future and eventually create full-length arms, “in case someone has their elbow amputated in the upper limb,” Baez said. Additionally, they hope to also create a 3-D printed microscope that can detect malaria.

The lab that will help create the first 100 limbs has 55 printers and is one of the largest printing labs in the world and is able to produce the prosthetics at a cost of $20 each.

Outreach3D will use MakerBot 3-D printers at the Florida Polytechnic University RAD Makerspace lamb to print their first 100 prosthetics. There are 55 MakerBot printers in the lab that can print the devices within hours. (Photo courtesy of William Irvin)

In addition to the prosthetic arms, Outreach3D is aiming to provide a 3-D printer and a ProtoCylcer to the communities in which they plan to distribute prosthetics. ProtoCyclers grind plastic waste into the filament used to produce 3-D printed models. These devices will allow the communities to print their own models without having to purchase materials every time they hope to do so. It will make them completely self-sustainable, Baez said.

Balasubramaniam said the organization has still not determined an exact place to distribute the arms, but they are considering Brazil and are setting their deadline to this coming summer.

Outreach3D will use MakerBot 3-D printers at the Florida Polytechnic University RAD Makerspace lamb to print their first 100 prosthetics. There are 55 MakerBot printers in the lab that can print the devices within hours. (Photo courtesy of William Irvin)

“Getting people that have next to no experience with these futuristic technologies knowledgeable on them, gives them a head start to reach out of whatever circumstance they’re in and give them the ability to get a better quality of life for themselves,” Irwin said. “That’s what Outreach3D is all about– Empowering people through technology.” In the future, Balasubramaniam and Baez are hoping to extend their network to other universities in order to meet the needs of a greater number of people in a wider range of places.

“We want to reach out to universities and connect with doctors and licensed prosthetists,” Balasubramaniam said. “We hope to increase production to do the most good for the most people.”

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Honor V9 with 6GB of RAM and Kirin 960 is Official in China

Honor V9 in Red color

Huawei has just announced a new powerful smartphones, Honor V9. The device carries all the elements of a flagship smartphone with its 6GB of RAM capacity and Kirin 960 processor. The phone was launched in China and will be made available for purchase on February 28.

Honor V9 comes with a sleek and polished design, with a thickness of just 6.97mm and multiple color options, including Red, Gold, Black and Blue. The company highlighted the red variant during the press conference, but mentioned that other colors are available as well.

The specs truly make the V9 stand out, with its Huawei Kirin 960 octa-core CPU clocked at 2.4GHz and 6GB of RAM. The smartphone has 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

4,000mAh battery and dual-camera setup on the back

Honor V9 comes with a 5.7-inch 2k display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. The display size is the same as on its predecessor, the V8 launched last year. This year’s V9 has a bigger resolution, which makes the phone suitable for VR.

When it comes to battery capacity, Huawei equipped the V9 with a 4,000mAh battery, higher than the 3,500mAh on the Honor V8. Moreover, the smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, with EMUI 5.0 on top.

Honor V9 in Red color

On the back, it features a dual-camera setup with 12MP sensors and f/2.2 aperture, very similar to the previous model. The setup is suitable for taking photos with botek effect or images in low light conditions, due to the enhanced black and white sensors that can process pictures with up to 3 times more light.

Huawei says that Honor V9 is the first 3D modeling smartphone, the dual-camera setup and the laser focus can capture 3D pictures and users can also create 3D print outs as well. The 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage variant will sell for $377, while the version with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of memory will have a price tag of about $436. Customers would have to pay $508 for the higher-end model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone could arrive to the US under the name of Honor 8 Pro.

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333D secures exclusive rights


333D (ASX:T3D) has secured exclusive rights to market doob Group AG ‘s 360 degree camera array for the capture and creation of 3D printed miniature figurines into Australia and New Zealand.

333D is a Victora-based company focused on the technology, design and manufacture of 3D printers.

The company has now secured the exclusive rights to the German based doob 3D’s photogrammetry technology.

doob has developed both a 360 degree camera array that instantly captures a subject and post processing systems to create 3d print files that produce best in market miniature figurines.

This agreement will enable 333D to further leverage its investment in 3d printing hardware by producing full colour and incredibly accurate miniature figurines.

In securing this technology, 333D is now positioned to progress its agreement with the Australian Football League (AFL) as well as pursue similar agreements with other sporting associations.

Under the agreement, 333D will have exclusive sales and marketing rights for doob in Australia and New Zealand.

In consideration for the doob license, photogrammetry software and hardware and a Projet 660 3d printer, 333D will issue 15 million fully paid ordinary shares.

doob has seen significant take up and growth over recent years and now has stores across Germany, the U.S. and Japan, has revenues approaching $10 million per annum.

The new technology offers 333D the potential to pursue applications in other industry sectors as well.

333D’s shares were last trading 7.7% up intra-day, at $0.014.

The company had a cash balance of $1.5 million as at 31 December 2016.


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ONO smartphone 3D printer release update and video

ONO Founders Pietro Gabriele and Filippo Moroni. Photo via ONO.

A new video shows a smartphone 3D printer from Kickstarter funded company ONO producing a 3D print from resin.

The 3D print has a “volume of 126 x 74 x 52 mm” and was 3D printed “in just 2.5 hours using a mid-range Android phone.” In the video a smartphone is inserted into the base of the ONO 3D printer frame, a resin tray is then filled and during the time lapse a geometrically complex 3D print is pulled from the resin.

Gif shows a timelapse of the ONO smartphone 3D printer.

The video will raise some eyebrows, in particular from anyone familiar with the SLA 3D printing process. Specifically, the apparent absence of UV shielding prompted speculation that the video was staged in some manner. A company spokesperson explains, “The printer was set up so that most of the ambient light was blocked out and the camera was set with a longer exposure time (10 FPS) to take in more light.”

ONO Founders Pietro Gabriele and Filippo Moroni. Photo via ONO.

More smartphone 3D printers coming soon?

At 3D Printing Industry we’ve closely followed ONO from their early days, or OLO as the company were originally known.

During a visit to Shanghai in 2015 I saw a similar idea demonstrated by Professor Jeng Ywan Jeng. Professor Jeng is Dean of the College of Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. His research looks at, “multi-disciplinary technologies spanning opto-mechatronics (maskless lithography), additive manufacturing (AM) alongside the more consumer-centric 3D printing, femto-second laser material processing, and patent engineering.”

When I met Professor Jeng he had with him a smartphone 3D printer and several resin 3D prints. Professor Jeng also holds the “honorary fellowship of the New Kinpo Group Professor and wears the hat of a consultant-at-large at the XYZ Printing company.” It may be that the ONO 3D printer is the first to market, but will be joined by other similar 3D printers in the near future.

ONO 3D printer and resins. Photo via ONO.

ONO 3D printer and resins. Photo via ONO.

Over $2 million in funding

When the project was launched in March 2016 it took only 33 minutes to reach full funding. The San Francisco company’s original target of $80,000 was surpassed in an impressive manner as Kickstarter pledges exceeded $2.3 million. Early bird backers bought the 3D printer and 100g of resin for $79. The non-Kickstarter retail price will be $129.

ONO 3D print of Neferneferuaten Nefertiti.

ONO 3D print of Neferneferuaten Nefertiti.

ONO 3D print. Photo via ONO.

ONO 3D print. Photo via ONO.

ONO 3D print of a snail. Photo via ONO.

ONO 3D print of a snail. Photo via ONO.

ONO had originally announced a shipping date of September 2016, and the company are the latest in a long line of start-ups to discover the truth in iPod engineer Tony Fadel’s famous proclamation that hardware is hard. Understandably a number of backers have grown frustrated with the delay.

An update from ONO at the beginning of February announced that, Every backer will have their printer(s) in hand by the end of March!” The company are now working at a facility in hardware center of the universe Shenzhen to make good on this promise.

While the build volume is below higher priced models, ONO have a range of resins including a castable material. This is likely to find application with jewelry makers and the 3D printer may also be of interest to those in the dental industry.

ONO 3D printing castable resin. Photo via ONO.

ONO 3D printing castable resin. Photo via ONO.

At 3D Printing Industry we’re looking forward to receiving our ONO 3D Printer and will let you know more once we’ve had first hand experience with the device.

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Technical specifications and pricing

Dimensions: 180 x 128 x 185 mm, 7 x 5 x 7.2 in.

Weight: 780 gr, 1.7 lb

Build Volume: 72 x 124 x 52 mm, 2.8 x 4.8 x 2.0 in.

Phone Screen Size: up to 5.8 in.

Z resolution: Layers as thin as 0.036 mm (or 0.12 mm in “Quick Print” mode

X-Y resolution: Up to 42 micron resolution, depending on the phone screen resolution

Print Speed: “With an iPhone 6 OLO can build 1 cm in approximately 46 minutes, or 1 inch in approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes.”

Auto-leveling: Sensors reset the Z height before every print

Removable resin tank and build plate: Makes removing the part and cleaning the printer easy

Reusable printing film: Film can be used for up to 10 prints in the same location

USB charging cable, rechargeable battery packs.

Price: $129 (announced retail)

Featured image shows the ONO 3D Printer. Photo via ONO.



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Prevent bowing AFTER print

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I see that my abs prints will bow some after the print is done. It doesn’t bow during but after. Interesting enough I made a abs print with 100 percent infill and made it so that it was like a 90 degree bar and there was no bowing at all. I put a ruler on it and it is flat. The other prints are bowed off about 1/16″ every foot when I put the ruler on it. The usual prints I make are 30 percent infill. Does anybody have any idea why this happens.


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