September 5, 2013 AT 5:00 am

In the 3D Laboratory with the 2013 AMRI Fellows: laser sintering, ink-jet bio-printing, Open DLP, and synthetic biological circuits! #3DThursday #3DPrinting

The debut fellowship season of AMRI included a series of fascinating investigations that directly impact desktop 3D printing’s immediate future. I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight these fellows and their groundbreaking projects in specific:

2013 AMRI Fellowships Wrap-Up and Final Presentations shared at the new AMRI site:

Andreas Bastian, “3D Printing via laser-sintering of thermoplastic powders

Andreas Bastian’s interests lie in processes and materials, specifically those that manipulate the (traditionally) immutable. He has worked in a variety of crafts and disciplines, ranging from traditional Japanese wood-fired cermics to blacksmithing and foundry work to engineering design of and for 3D printers (and other creative tools). He comes to AMRI from Makerbot where he ran the R&D lab focusing on the fundamentals of additive manufacturing. Andreas is a recent graduate of Swarthmore with a B.S. in Engineering.

Steve Kelly - “Ink-jet printing of genetically modified living bacteria

Steve Kelly is passionate about open source hardware and software. He is directly involved with distributed manufacturing and CAD software development. Currently he is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, studying Mathematics.

Anderson Ta - “Digital light projection (DLP) photolithography of plastics and hydrogels

Anderson is a digital fabrication expert. By day he oversees the dFab Studio at the Maryland Institute College of Art. By night, he operates Matterfy LLC, promoting and evangelizing 3D printing hardware. Anderson has led some of the very first 3D printer build workshops in the United States.

Ravi Sheth - “Bacterial cellstruder for synthetic biology studies

Ravi is interested in using engineering principles and open source tools to understand the complexity of biology and to create synthetic biological circuits. A recent recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Ravi currently conducts research under Dr. Jeff Tabor in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University where he also is a student.

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