British Prime Minister David Cameron has presented the Israeli President Shimon Peres with a stunning and symbolic 3D printed sculpture that we at IPF were involved in developing, as a celebration of the exceptional collaboration of UK and Israeli science research.

The award shows the nano-sized plastic particles that are a representation of the work that has been carried out by scientists at the University of Nottingham. The Universities are together developing this technology to deliver these particles to the brain, and restore regeneration of the damaged area. This is funded by the BIRAX regenerative Medicine Programme.  This particular partnership of Science, has made it possible for regenerative cell therapy to be developed to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

IPF together with British artist Daniel Hilldrup, were invited by the British Council to 3D print a model using Israeli Objet Connex technology from Stratasys. Designed by Daniel Hilldrup, the award was 3D printed on IPF’s Objet500 Connex multi-material printer.

The model features the black rubber-like nano-particles suspended in a clear transparent material. Both base materials can be mixed together to create a total of 12 assortments of black and grey-scale to demonstrate the variation in nano particles inside the transparent block.

This kind of sophisticated multi-material 3D printing is a hallmark of Stratasys’ Objet Connex Multi-material 3D Printers.

Vice President of Marketing for Stratasys, Arita Mattsoff, says; “We’re extremely proud to represent 3D printing for such a prestigious occasion and to push our multi-material technology to its limits”

IPF continues: “Like a ship in a bottle, producing a material inside another is just not possible using traditional manufacturing methods. Using 3D printing technology, we were able to print this combination of materials with a clear transparent material and the black. The results were amazing, especially given the fact the whole piece was produced overnight.”

British artist Daniel Hilldrup concludes: “For a long time in 3D printing, we were limited by the use of only one material at a time when producing a model. Objet Connex Multi-material 3D printing changed everything – it frees you up conceptually to manufacture things that you previously could not visualise. It’s really satisfying when you design something and when it’s actually produced, mirrors the initial vision.”

IPF has enjoyed being part of celebrating such an important advance in medical research, and anticipate what more combining of research could bring.

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