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Month: October 2016

3D printing tech challenging biometric security measures

Biometrics authentication and security measures have always been susceptible to spoofing and evasion.  This is the reason biometrics have been used primarily as one component in a multi-factor authentication strategy.  This provides several tiers of protection by requiring “something you have” such as fingerprint, DNA, voice or retina, with “something you know” like a PIN code or password.  Biometrics have never been accepted as secure on their own merits, but as a useful building block of multi-tiered security regimes. In an article on, researcher Anil Jain says, “Like any optical device, fingerprint and hand scanners need to be...

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Canadian tech company Saint Jean Carbon has it’s eye on the future of material science

Saint Jean Carbon has produced samples of single atom thick graphene, a form of super-strong, super conductive carbon. “We are very pleased to have both the material of such high quality and the know how to produce one atom thick graphene with zero impurities and be the most conductive and strongest material in the world,” said CEO Paul Ogilvie. “This milestone takes us another step forward as we continue to develop faster and more efficient systems to produce the material. More and more research into graphene in lithium-ion batteries continues to make real progress around the world, the...

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How will 3D printing affect the business landscape

Additive manufacturing is poised to drastically change the landscape of business and industry. Excerpt from “When Boeing began to integrate 3D printing as a core part of their manufacturing process, it reduced costs, time, and human labor involved in traditional development processes. Furthermore, when an aircraft part is impaired, Boeing manufacturers are able to 3D print it on the spot, without having to deal with months-long shipping mechanism which has been proven to be inefficient over the past decade.” – Joseph Young / via   What Should Company Executives Be Asking About 3D...

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Remarkable advances in 3D “bioprinting” live tissues

What is involved with printing live human tissues and complete functional organs for transplant?  Here is a good article exploring the issues and challenges, and the huge promise for “bioprinting” in the future of medical sciences.   “Though Organovo was founded in 2009, the company first published results of its bioprinted human tissues in 2013, when the company announced the successful printing of viable liver cells.” – Michael Molitch-Hou /...

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ISO and ASTM aims to standardize 3D printing

Lack of standardization in the additive manufacturing industry is holding back wider adoption of 3D printing end user parts in the medical and aerospace sectors.   “In the wider world beyond 3D printing, several organizations exist to promote such technical standards and to enhance product safety, reliability and quality. The largest of these, the International Standards Organization (ISO), was founded in 1947,  has members from 162 countries and operates in almost 200 countries. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) predates the ISO and was founded in 1898. Initially an organization focusing on the U.S., in...

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