To the growing list of low-cost desktop modeling systems that you might actually be able to buy, add the V-Flash from 3D Systems. The company early this month began shipping this $9,900 machine, bundling it with Alibre Design Software. The V-Flash marks the company’s first use of its new Film Transfer Imaging technology, which you can read about in this earlier post. One promising use for this new technology platform involves the direct digital manufacturing of custom hearing aid shells. Dreve Otoplastik, an earmold manufacturer, this month announced that has developed materials specifically for the V-Flash HA 230 system, a model designed for the hearing aid industry.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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