Via Oregon State University
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Engineers at Oregon State University have used “additive manufacturing” to create an improved type of glucose sensor for patients with Type 1 diabetes, part of a system that should work better, cost less and be more comfortable for the patient.
A key advance is use of electrohydrodynamic jet, or “e-jet” printing, to make the sensor. Conceptually, e-jet printing is a little like an inexpensive inkjet printer – but it creates much finer drop sizes and works with biological materials such as enzymes, instead of ink.
Read the full story here: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/mar/%E2%80%9Cadditive-manufacturing%E2%80%9D-could-greatly-improve-diabetes-management
The standard 3D printing material for technical parts is ABS. It is used mainly due to its softening temperature of more than 105°C and its high mechanical stability. Now the company TwoBEars GbR, Germany, has introduced new high performance PLA blends that are stronger than ABS. The material also features special optic and haptic properties making it suitable for a wide range of applications.
Read more at: http://www.plastics.gl/3d-printing-2/pla-blends-for-3d-printing-are-stronger-than-abs/