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"3D printing is this Century's most disruptive innovation"
Well, what is this 3D printing all about? In this TEDx talk David F. Flanders explains:
What's happening with 3D printing at the University of Melbourne?
To put it bluntly, we're just making a start. In a time where almost everything is going "online" it might not be obvious how 3D printing can help researchers. However there are several ways they can be extremely useful, for example:
- Visualization aids
- Objects such as molecules or proteins that are too small to see can be produced as 3D objects. This can be useful in understanding how protein docking works or a molecule is structured.
- Teaching aids
- Producing medical models for students to examine or replicating artefacts too fragile to be handled can be used to aid understanding.
- Equipment design
- Bespoke laboratory equipment can be produced quickly and cheaply, and a solution discovered by one lab can be emailed to colleagues anywhere in the world.
We have experience in all of the above, but we think that's just the start and we'd love to talk to you about how digital fabrication might have applications in your research.