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Latest 3D publications


3D-printed teeth can kill 99% of bacteria

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have created a process that can manufacture 3D-printed teeth and braces which are actually good for your other teeth, and dental health in general. 3D-Printable Antimicrobial Composite Resins [paid PDF access] outlines the development of the new plastic resin used in the process, which involves embedding… Read More


Research proposes using CGI models and steganography to hide user identity in videos

New research out of the University of Zagreb proposes a novel new method for protecting the privacy of non-implicated individuals, by analysing the subjects’ motion using the Microsoft Kinect sensor and then replacing the person with rendered CGI animation of equivalent human models – and then hiding the original information inside the altered frame. Towards… Read More


The world’s first DIY 3D printed open source bicycle

Two Dutch design students are developing a 3D printed bicycle – an open source project through which they hope to encourage others to customise and manufacture their own versions. The OBI, or Open Bicycle, has been created by industrial designers Stef de Groot and Paul De Medeiros. The open source template will allow the construction… Read More


Apple maps patent promises 3D, reflections and rippling water

Apple has received a patent to develop animation technology used in its three-dimensional (3D) photorealistic maps. U.S. Patent No. 9,147,286, filed in March 2013 and granted today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, notes a new technology that animates specific map details such as water, trees and other objects in response to touch, movement and… Read More


Facebook and Disney finally deliver on the VRML dream with Star Wars ‘pannable’ 360 video

Facebook has launched its much anticipated 360 video feature in about as spectacular a fashion as could have been imagined, by releasing an interactive immersive video which takes the viewer through an environment seen in trailers for J.J. Abrams’ new Star Wars movie, to released in December. The video takes us through a ‘baked’ route… Read More