Best of the Week in 3D Printing: Mattel, Human Bones and the Marines

Every Friday, ThreeD Materials picks 3 of the week's top stories from the world of 3d printing.  Some that we published and some from other news outlets:

1) Mattel Delays 3D Printer Release

The 3d printer from Mattel which was supposed to ship out for the holidays this year needs more time.

Dubbed the ThingMaker, toy giant Mattel announced earlier this year they'd be releasing a low cost ($300) 3d printer aimed at young children, which would incorporate a design application that made the technology more user friendly.

2) Northwestern Researchers Use 3D Printed Implants to Grow Bones

3D printed implants can prompt new bone to grow in animals, scientists reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Called hyperelastic “bone,” their new bioengineered material could also be cheap, versatile and easy to print and use for repairing or regenerating bones in people.

3) Marines Detonate First 3D Printed Munition

A recent munitions test in Maryland was unlike any other the US Marine Corps has completed in its history.

The indirect fire munition which was detonated at the Naval Surface Warfare Center was 3d printed.

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