More than 30,000 people already have 3D-printed hips that are made of titanium. That’s good, because titanium is light and strong, like bone. There are some drawbacks to having metal for bones, though (besides being susceptible to Magneto’s powers). For one, it interferes with X-rays, and two, MRIs are a no-go. And if you’re needing bone replaced in your head, where MRIs are often directed, that can be especially problematic. That’s why the FDA’s recent approval of Oxford Performance Materials’ 3D printed polymer for cranial bone replacement is a major milestone.
So, in the back of my mind I know how important nanotubes are, but I thought that they were way of a production viable system of manufacture. Wrong.
This video blew me away - not least because it is not new! I will post a follow up showing a carbon nanotube spinneret.
What gets me most of all about this is it is almost like fate (I don’t believe in any of that rubbish before you ask) but isn’t it amazing that a material as important as carbon nanotube filament should more or less self assemble??
So, if any of you have a 3d printer at home (the FDM type) you will know the feeling of realising a design in 3d in a matter of minutes or hours. So now imagine 3d printing components with integrated electrical circuits. Carbomorph.