Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (www.nist.gov) have developed a new method to produce uniform, self-assembled nanocells for drug therapies, such as chemotherapy, in which dosage depends critically on the size of the nanocells. The new method uses micrometer-size channels etched into a device to produce self-assembled liposomes—a type of artificial nanocell—of specific sizes from 100 to 240 nm. A stream of lipids dissolved in alcohol is directed at an intersection of two channels while a water-based liquid containing medicines or other substances is sent toward the lipid stream from two opposing directions. Self-assembled nanocells are formed when the lipids surround the water rather than mixing with it.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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