Book: 3D Bioprinting: Printing Parts of Bodies

3dbioprintingI had the good fortune of going to an opening event for a new ebook, 3D Bioprinting: Printing Parts for Bodies that was published by Gordon G Wallace, Rhys Cornock, Cathal D O’Connell, Stephen Beirne, Susan Dodds and Frederic Gilbert from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) in Melbourne.

The book is both an introduction into 3D printing and a guide as to what can be done with 3D printing for body parts and objects for reconstructive surgery. The authors talked about their book and their recent work in using cells as the printing material and even about making a 3D pen that could print out cells in a way that surgeons could use more precisely. Amazing stuff.

Opening Event


  1. Putting Stuff in the Body: Biomaterials, Bionics and Tissue Engineering
  2. Materials and Machinery for 3D Printing
  3. The Story So Far – Case Studies of 3D Bioprinting
  4. Printing Bits for Bodies
  5. Ethics, Policy and Social Engagement
  6. The Future

At 60 pages, the book is quite short, but as an ebook it has parts of the book that are interactive, which really makes the material come to life. It’s inexpensive, so make sure you follow the link and check it out 🙂

I am running an FREE event on the 24th of November in Melbourne at Embiggen Books where some of the authors will be talking about this new book, their work in 3D bioprinting and the future of 3D printers.

Book: Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing #3DprintingED

fabricatedFabricated came out last year, detailing the rise of 3D printing and the possibilities it has for the future.

Aimed at people who enjoy books on business strategy, popular science and novel technology, Fabricated will provide readers with practical and imaginative insights to the question ‘how will this technology change my life?’ Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers an informative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printing now and in the future.

Synopsis: Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk. Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document.

A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physical object by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file, or ‘blueprint.’ Guided by a design file, a 3D printer lays down layer after layer of a raw material to ‘print’ out an object. That’s not the whole story, however. The magic happens when you plug a 3D printer into today’s mind-boggling digital technologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electronic circuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech and voila! The result is an explosion of technological and social innovation.

Fabricated takes the reader onto a rich and fulfilling journey that explores how 3D printing is poised to impact nearly every part of our lives.

I featured this book on my other blog, Science Book a Day, so check out the reviews. Here is also the trailer for the book.

The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success

As someone in education, where do you get started, what examples exist of lesson plans for teachers to jump into 3D printing and start playing around. Today, I stumbled across a very interesting book: The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success by David Thornburg, Norma Thornburg and Sara Armstrong earlier this year. It comes in print and Kindle versions.

3DP_3D-300x262This book is an essential guide for educators interested in bringing the amazing world of 3D printing to their classrooms. Learn about the exciting technology, powerful new design software, and even advice for purchasing your first 3D printer. The real power of the book comes from a variety of teacher-tested step-by-step classroom projects. Eighteen fun and challenging projects explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, along with forays into the visual arts and design. The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom is written in an engaging style by authors with decades of educational technology experience.

The lesson plans range from the simple (Lesson 1 – Backpack Tag) the moderately difficult (Lesson 5 – Fan Powered Cars) and more complicated lessons such as Printing Your Own Fossil (Lesson 12) and Making a Greek Temple (Lesson 17). The lesson plans will take you through different software such as Inkscape, OpenSCAD, Meshlab, Tinkercad, Knitplot, Meshmixer, Sketchup Make and Let’s Create! Pottery.

I’ll be putting down my money for the kindle version, so I’ll no doubt be borrowing their ideas in future blog posts. Have you bought it? Have you used it? Let me know!

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Book: A Revolution in the Making: 3D Printing, Robots and the Future #3DprintingED

3D printing is an up and coming technology that is already changing the world in many ways. Whether it’s stories about how spare parts can be printed on demand, personalised items (such as casts, prosthetics), or how 3D printed clothing will change the world of fashion, or how we can print concrete homes – all of these things point to a new world that is changing under our feet.

This is part of what I’m looking at for this project. I know some people think education should be about teaching kids the old fashioned way –

“It worked for me, so I don’t see any reason in changing it!”

But the truth is, that education, like any field, benefits from new developments in technology, new ideas that come about (e.g. flipped-classroom) and sometimes re-hashing of older ideas (e.g. open classrooms). So I think it’s important to engage these new ideas and these new fields in an open and honest way.

Along those lines, I am starting to ready A Revolution in the Making by Australian journalist, Guy Rundle. I’ll let you know what ideas he has about the future because of technology. Check it out below, or with more details from my Science Book a Day blog.

By Guy Rundle

Synopsis: Just as you were getting comfortable with a digital world, here comes the material revolution, a transformation in the production and distribution, of, well, everything. 3D printing has broken out of its limited industrial uses and landed on a million desktops. New materials, such as graphene, will make it possible to print out complex and durable machines at costs approaching zero. Guy Rundle talks to the people at the frontline of this mind-boggling new world, and paints a vivid picture of how life will change as today’s emerging technologies become mainstream. There will be enormous implications not just for Australia, but for the global economy, international relations and the fundamental structures of our lives.