3d Printing Part 2

China’s aviation industry to boost demand for 3D printing

6 May 2017

  • The maiden flight undertaken by the China-made C919 commercial airliner marks the start of growing demand for 3D printing in the country The launch of China’s first commercial airliner built using 3D printed components will pave the way for greater adoption of 3D printing technologies in the sprawling country, according to IDC. The C919, built by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, took its maiden flight on 5 May 2017, marking a historic moment in China’s aviation industry. The aircraft has a range of up to 5,555km and can carry up to 168 passengers.


What is Next for 3D Printing After China’s First Commercial Airliner Maiden Flight?

23 May 2017

  • The first China built commercial airliner C919 took its maiden flight on 5th May, 2017 at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. This marks a historical moment in China’s aviation industry. C919 was developed by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC), who used 3D printing technologies and specialty metals like titanium alloys in the developments of the airliner. COMAC designed and assembled C919 in Shanghai while the parts of the airliner were manufactured by different suppliers in China. Front parts and wings were made in Chengdu and Xi’an. The main body parts were made in Nanchang.


New 3-D printing method creates shape-shifting objects

April 12, 2017

  • A team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and two other institutions has developed a new 3-D printing method to create objects that can permanently transform into a range of different shapes in response to heat. The team, which included researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, created the objects by printing layers of shape memory polymers with each layer designed to respond differently when exposed to heat.


Chinese surgeons use 3D printer in pediatric heart surgery

Jan 21, 2017

  • Chinese surgeons in a central China hospital have succeeded in performing two complex pediatric heart surgeries using 3D printing technology. The first patient was a 13-year-old girl suffering from hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, which causes her heart muscle to grow abnormally thick. The second was a 3-year-old boy with severe left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, said Yang Yifeng, a cardiologist with the Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in Hunan Province.


Chinese company implants 3-D printed blood vessels into monkeys

January 10, 2017

  • Chinese scientists working for Sichuan Revotek have successfully 3-D printed blood vessels and implanted them in rhesus monkeys, the company said. The company is “the first to have maintained the viability of the cells with the 3-D printing technology,” said James Kang, chief scientist and CEO of Sichuan Revotek.


Sri Lanka to buy 3D printed Xian Y-20 military transport aircraft

Dec 5, 2016

  • The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, recently made the announcement about the purchase, and is quoted as saying the Chinese Xian Y-20 planes are “good workhorses.” Sri Lanka, which currently has a fleet of Chinese transport planes including the Harbin Y-12, Xian MA60, and Shaanxi Y-8, is hoping to incorporate the Xian Y-20 for both military and transport purposes.


Shanghai researchers develop 3D printed fracture fixing glass

November 3, 2016

  • Bioglass is a material made of calcium and phosphate salt. It is used in medicine and dentistry to bond defects found in bones and tooth enamel. Though bioglass bonding is highly effective, its fusion in larger bone defects has room for improvement. A team of researchers from Shanghai Jiaotong University and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in China have proposed a possible solution, by combining mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG) with C3S, one of the main materials found in common Portland cement, and 3D printing a result. Their findings were recently published under the title Three-dimensional printing of tricalcium silicate/mesoporous bioactive glass cement scaffolds for bone regeneration in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B from the Royal Society of Chemistry.


3-D printed metamaterial shrinks when heated

October 25, 2016

  • A team at MIT, led by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nicholas Fang, 3D-printed the microlattice structures using a projection microstereolithograpy process. USC Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Qiming Wang, the paper’s lead author, worked for Fang as a postdoc.


4-D printing helps save baby with congenital heart disease in China


  • Doctors at Xijing Hospital, together with a team from Xi’an Jiaotong University, recently saved a 5-month-old infant with congenital heart disease by using 4-D printing technology, Science and Technology Daily reported on Sept. 21. A 4-D-printed degradable trachea scaffold was used in the baby’s surgery. The substance used to print the trachea is designed to be absorbed by the human body within two years. Doctors and experts at Xijing Hospital ultimately decided on such a scaffold to protect the infant’s abnormally narrow bronchia.


Chinese doctors successfully implant a 15cm long 3D printed titanium vertebrae prosthetic

Aug 29, 2016

  • A team of doctors from China’s Shanghai Changzheng Hospital have successfully implanted a 15 centimeter long 3D printed titanium vertebrae prosthetic into a patient suffering from a serious case of cervical chordoma. The patient, 40-year-old Ms. Zhou from HuNan province, had been suffering from the debilitating disease for nearly 7 years and had just about given up on life until 3D printing presented an almost miraculous treatment option. During the course of her disease, Ms. Zhou underwent a number of surgeries which proved ultimately unsuccessful, as the tumor located on her upper spinal cord and neck kept returning. The malignant tumor itself, which had grown to envelop the length of six vertebrae, was causing a number of problems, including severe compression of the trachea and esophagus, which made breathing and eating two very difficult tasks for the patient.


Shining 3D to form Chinese 3D printing ecosystem, aims to become 3D bioprinting leader

Aug 24, 2016

  • Shining 3D, a Chinese 3D printing company, is aiming to become a leader in the field of 3D bioprinting while simultaneously building China’s 3D printing ecosystem. The company owns a 50% stake in Regenovo Biotech, the company behind the Regenovo 3D bioprinter.


China aims for 3D skin printing technology

August 5, 2016

  • CHINESE researchers and companies are developing the technology and processes to make 3D-printed skin a reality. They expect to achieve this within two to three years. Wu Jun, director of the Burns Institute at the Southwest Hospital in Chongqing, said he has been testing the process with pig skin. “In printing skin, the biggest challenge is the ‘ink.’ We need to find the right material that can be made into a certain form while not damaging its activity,” he said. The ink he refers to is the skin tissue. 3D printing in the medical industry mostly produces hard items, the flexibility of skin makes this process more difficult.


Chinese scientists develop new metal 3D printing technology


  • Researchers with Huazhong University of Science and Technology in central China’s Hubei Province have successfully manufactured metal parts and molds using new 3D printing technology, sources with the university announced on Friday. The new metal 3D printing technology addresses existing problems in traditional metal 3D printing methods, said Zhang Hai’ou, leader of the 3D printing technology research team at the university. These problems, such as flowing, dropping or crumbling of fused materials due to gravity, cracking, stress and rapid heating and cooling can severely affect modeling performance and accuracy, according to Zhang.


Chinese-made All-in-One 3D Metal Printing Technology being used in China’s Stealth Jet Fighters

Jul 24, 2016

  • The first-of-its-kind device, the Micro Forging & Casting Sync Composite Device, uses a technology perfected in China called “smart micro casting and forging.” The technology combines metal casting and forging technology to significantly improve the strength and ductility of metal molds, thereby expanding their service lives and reliability. Combining 3D printing, casting and forging also contributes to stronger parts and added toughness; improved product lifecycles and better reliability, according to the inventors. The team said its casting and forging process is being used to create titanium 3D printed joints for a new Chinese fighter — likely the J-20 — which has entered limited production. These joints would have been impossible to create as a single piece using any subtractive manufacturing technique.


Bill-liant! Endangered crane Lili who broke its beak during a fight is saved by doctors using 3D technology

21 July 2016

  • A red-crowned crane which was critically injured in a fight with another bird has been given a new lease of life, after veterinary surgeons were able to make it a new beak using 3D-printing technology. The young bird, Lili, was tragically left unable to feed after a damaging scrap with a rival, in which it broke its upper beak entirely according to People’s Daily Online. Surgeons from the Premier Wu Lide Animal Hospital in south China’s ‪‎Guangzhou‬ province found the endangered bird in distress, and decided to invest in healing the animal back to full health.


Architects say this 3D-printed house in China can withstand earthquakes

Jul 4, 2016

  • A Chinese company has just created a two-storey villa using 3-D printers, and if you’re thinking that it is some flimsy dollhouse made of plastic, you might want to think again. The mansion was made by Beijing-based firm Huashang Tengda in just 45 days. Not only is it made from concrete, its architects say it is durable enough to withstand an earthquake measuring 8.0-magnitude.


1st successful 3D printed spinal implant operation conducted in China

June 28, 2016

  • A Beijing University hospital is believed to have performed the world’s first successful spinal operation with a 3D printed implant. The spinal substitute is a 3D printed titanium mesh tube implanted to reconstruct the spinal link and support between the patient’s chest and abdomen. Two weeks before the operation, the patient, surnamed Yuan, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his backbone. The only effective treatment was to remove five sections of his backbone and to replace them with a 19-centimetre artificial substitute.


Chinese Construction Company 3D Prints an Entire Two-Story House On-Site in 45 Days

Jun 16, 2016

  • Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda is a major competitor of fellow Chinese construction company WinSun, which we’ve followed in the past since they surprised us with their 3D printed homes, including a six-story apartment building and a mansion. Not long after that, WinSun’s reputation was tarnished by quite of bit of controversy when Dr. Berokh Khoshnevis, creator of the revolutionary Contour Crafting technique of 3D printing buildings, stated that the Shanghai company had blatantly stolen his patented technology and were passing it off as their own. Moreover, Dr. Khoshnevis said, WinSun’s claim that they were 3D printing entire homes was untrue; in fact, they were 3D printing small sections of walls and then cobbling them together on-site using other construction methods.