Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

On October 8th 2021, the University of Arizona (UA) announced that a group of its engineers had developed a type of 3D printed wearable that could be custom fitted to wrap around various body parts and was based on scans of the wearer’s body. Called “biosymbiotic devices” by the team, UA boasted that these didn’t use any adhesive and were powered by a wireless system with a range of several metres. In addition, UA argued that despite the team not being the first to adapt wearables to track bodily functions, current wearables can’t track these with enough precision to make medically meaningful conclusions.

To demonstrate their concept, the team successfully tested their devices’ measuring capabilities on a person jumping, walking on a treadmill, and using a rowing machine. Amongst other things, it was found that the devices were able to detect body temperature changes caused by a person walking up a single flight of stairs. The team’s research was published in the journal Science Advances.

Other examples of 3D printed wearable technology involve Allevi of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago (UChicago) in Illinois. In February 2020, UChicago 3D printed a bracelet with the ability to jam microphones, which was mainly intended to stop smart speakers eavesdropping on people’s conversations. In November 2020, Allevi unveiled its 3D printed ultraviolet light sensors to help wearers stop getting sunburnt; this also had potential applications in ultraviolet sanitation. Allevi’s research was published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

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