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3D Technology Round-Up: July 2016

By Courtney Bala on July 29, 2016

A ton of fascinating things have been happening in the 3D technology world this July. Check out some of our favorite highlights below.

Police Request 3D-Printed Copy of a Dead Man's Fingers to Unlock His Smartphone


Back in June, law enforcement officers got in touch with Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University. Jain is a computer scientist who usually works on ways to make biometric scanners, such as fingerprint and face recognition systems, harder to hack. But the police had a different kind of request. They were working on a murder case, and had reason to believe the victim may have had important clues stored on his phone. So they asked Jain, and his PhD student Sunpreet Arora, to make 3D printed copies of the dead man's fingers so they could unlock his phone. (via Smithsonian)

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10 Ways Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing


Machine learning's core technologies align well with the complex problems manufacturers face daily. From striving to keep supply chains operating efficiently to producing customized, built-to-order products on time, machine learning algorithms have the potential to bring greater predictive accuracy to every phase of production. Many of the algorithms being developed are iterative, designed to learn continually and seek optimized outcomes. These algorithms iterate in milliseconds, enabling manufacturers to seek optimized outcomes in minutes versus months. (via Forbes Tech)

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Testing with the 3D Printed Mannequin Pays Off: Tour de France Cyclist Wins Time Trials


While much research and development is centered around making 3D printed items, from human organs to houses -- in all of its wonder -- this technology is also extremely useful just in the process of R&D as well. Tom Dumoulin, a pro bicycle racer from the Netherlands, discovered this for himself recently as a team of designers turned their focus on him, 3D scanning him from head to toe. (via

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Brunswick Bowls a Perfect Game with SOLIDWORKS


"Over the last decade," Aaron continues, "we've introduced a range of innovations in ball core design for which 3D design played an important role." Regardless of lane conditions or oil pattern, SOLIDWORKS can be used to model and simulate ball dynamics to specifically figure out what kind of ball core designs will hook earlier or later. (via SOLIDWORKS Blog)

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Nano Dimension to Develop Time-Saving, Speed-Inducing Ink

Nano_Dimension_Ink.jpegFresh off the heels of their latest development in software packaging, leading tech company Nano Dimension has just made another announcement guaranteed to improve the overall performance and speed of developing printers. Dedicated to providing companies with in-house abilities to print complex multi-layer circuit boards, Nano Dimension is constantly developing inkjet technology to be used in combination with their innovative printers across industries. In their latest feat, Nano Dimension has filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the development of a new nanometric conductive ink based on a unique synthesis. (via

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SOLIDWORKS Simulation Swims with the Sharks


Watch this video to see Jacques use SOLIDWORKS Simulation to ensure his anti-shark cage will protect him against high-velocity impacts and crushing jaw strength from "Bruce" the shark. To cover his bases, Jacques will venture to answer the ultimate question: Will the cage hold up against a shark propelled at torpedo speed? (via

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Daimler Keeps on Trucking with 3D Printing


The world's largest manufacturer of trucks has turned to 3D printing to produce spare parts for its vast range of trucks. Daimler has joined the likes of Audi and BMW, who have both adopted additive manufacturing for producing spare parts on a 'just in time' basis. The German company sits alongside Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz in the Daimler Chrysler Group, so this is a significant development. (via

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