contents | summer 2014
From action figures printed at home to synthetic veins printed at medical centers, 3-D printing will change manufacturing, medicine, and the marketplace. Christopher Williams’ DREAMS Laboratory is helping to lead the charge.
It’s a simple idea, really. First, figure out how to do something. Then build it. Richard Claus, a professor emeritus and the founder of NanoSonic Inc., has it down to a science.
Regenerative medicine scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute are developing new ways to shorten the time it takes wounds to heal.
In a Virginia Tech lab known as VT FIRE, researchers combine old technologies, such as sand casting, with 3-D printing to design and fabricate complex metal structures.
Relatively new to Virginia, coyotes are easy scapegoats for declining deer populations. But coyotes aren’t the only hunters stalking the forests.
Mussels function as the “good guy” organisms of the aquatic environment, filtering suspended particles, organic matter, and pollutants from the water. But they are becoming increasingly endangered around the world, even in Southwest Virginia and east Tennessee.
A new process combining 3-D printing with molecular self-assembly mimics nature to produce strong fibers with a million uses.
Simple in appearance but engineered to stand the test of time, the ancient road offers lessons for modern construction.
Short items on these topics:
• Homemade stink-bug traps
• Queueing theory, protein recycling, and getting stuck in a check-out line
• Coming up with a natural pest-control solution to prevent millions of dollars in crop damage
• Coming soon to a grocery store near you: compostable plastic shopping bags
• Engineers tackle the chemical spill in West Virginia that contaminated the air as well as the water