3D Printed Skull Implants

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Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) out of South Windsor, CT has announced that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its new OsteoFab 3D printed cranial device.  This marks the first approval for an additively manufactured polymer implant. The new OPM device is a cranial maxillo-facial (CMF) plate for skull reconstruction which can be used to replace up to 75% of the skull. Their device is made from PEKK (polyetherketoneketone), which has many of the desirable properties of the commonly used PEEK implant material — but it also has twice the compressive strength, making it an ideal material to replace any bone that counts user protection among its primary functions.

via Oxford Performance Materials Now Able to 3D Print 75% New Skulls.

Kinect Fusion coming soon to SDK

Kinect Fusion pulls depth data that is generated by the Kinect for Windows sensor and, from the sequence of frames, constructs a highly detailed 3-D map of objects or environments. The tool averages readings over hundreds or even thousands of frames to create a rich level of detail.

via Kinect Fusion demonstrated at Microsoft Research TechFest, coming soon to SDK – Kinect for Windows Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

The First Totally 3D-Printed Dress

Its finally happened: a dress has been made using a 3D printer and computers are one step closer to taking over the world. Stagewear designer Michael Schmidt and model Dita Von Teese debuted this 3D printed gown on Monday at the Ace Hotel and it looks very high-tech and cool — a much more wearable take on the partially 3D printed dresses Iris Van Herpen put out for her last collection.

via PAPERMAG: Behold: The First Totally 3D-Printed Dress.

A consumer’s guide to 3D printers

An almost-ridiculously thorough list of available 3D printers from Engadget. It’s amazing how many of these are on the market now.

There are a surprising number of companies and organizations currently invested in the space, be it through pre-fabricated models, kits or open-source, downloadable plans. We pulled together a list of some of the most prominent, which you can check out after the break.

via The shape of things to come: A consumer's guide to 3D printers.