Drs have implanted a 3D-printed ribcage in an actual human being

3D Printing continues to prove to be very versatile with many, many uses.  But 3D printing body parts is likely the most amazing thing I’ve heard about.

From MSN:

© Provided by Quartz a 3d-printed breastplate and ribs

3D printing seems to be finding a niche in medicine. The latest feat: Two weeks ago, doctors implanted a 3D-printed titanium sternum and ribs into a patient in Spain. According to CNET, he’s doing well.

The patient is suffering from a form of cancer that formed tumors in his chest cavity. To get rid of them, doctors at Salamanca University Hospital needed to cut out a section of his ribs, along with his breastplate. Often, doctors would replace the ribcage with a flat piece of titanium—which can actually loosen over time—but 3D printing allows for a more customized implant. The team at Salamanca took CT scans of the patient’s ribcage and used those images both to show surgeons exactly where to cut, and to create a 3D model to print replacement parts.

The team contracted Anatomics, an Australian medical company, to figure out how to print the file. Anatomics sent the 3D files to the Australian government’s3D-printing lab at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The lab’s printer prints by using a high-powered electron beam to melt metal powder into layers. The result was a titanium object that looks less like ribs and more like something you’d see in a car’s engine, and fit perfectly into the patient’s ribcage.

Beyond being able to create truly personalized solutions to medical problems, 3D printing allows doctors to rapidly prototype ideas. In the US, doctors are using 3D printing to produce models for doctors to inspect and figure out the best plan for surgeries, without any invasive biopsies needed. Researchers are also working on 3D-printed tissue implants, but those haven’t been approved for use in humans yet. 3D printing, however, has started to make some regulatory inroads in the US. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first 3D-printed drug for consumption, and the FDA is researching more safe ways to bring the technology into the human body.

3D printing, especially in medicine, is still in its infancy. The Salamanca team’s achievement may well pave the way for more 3D-printed parts in humans, and perhaps America’s obsession with elective cosmetic surgery may one day extend to 3D-printed improvements. Hopefully no-one tells the Canadian government.

To learn how you can get started learning about 3D printing, contact Admissions by phone at 401-467-7744 ext. 3357 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

Coming 2017 Dorms at NEIT

At New England Tech, we’ve always had labs and classrooms with the newest, most up-to-date technologies.  Starting in 2017, we’ll have a new residence hall to go with them.

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FIRST Robotics Kick Off

On September 12th, Rhode Island FIRST Robotics held their Kick Off event on our East Greenwich campus.  During the event this years theme was announced, which is Res-Q.

Special thanks go out to Erin Foster and Steve Pothier from the Robotics Welding Division of Electric Boat.  Erin and Steve spoke to the RI FTC teams on the role that robotics plays at Electric Boat.

To request additional information about FIRST Robotics contact Erin Flynn by email at eflynn@neit.edu.

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NEIT student named a Changemaker Fellow

New England Institute of Technology is proud to have one of our Video Game Design students, Tom Sulahian named a Changemaker Fellow.  Tom was one of only eleven, Rhode Island college students to be given such an honor. Congratulations, Tom!

From: The Changemaker Fellowship | SE Greenhouse

The Changemaker Fellowship is a program for undergraduate student leaders in Rhode Island who want to change the world through entrepreneurship. A Fellow is selected at each of the 11 Rhode Island college and universities to represent their school. Together, the Fellows are charged with engaging their fellow students in entrepreneurship and connecting them to local resources to help them succeed.

Tom Sulahian, Changemaker Fellow at the New England Institute of Technology

Tom Sulahian is a junior at the New England Institute of Technology studying video game design. Tom is from Arlington, Massachusetts and is passionate about video game violence and children. Thomas was raised by a single father who had his mind set on being an entrepreneur. Tom learned a lot about entrepreneurship through watching his dad. In his free time, Tom enjoys being with his friends, long boarding, and driving. He is excited about becoming a Changemaker Fellow because helping others comes naturally to him. Tom wants to change the world through play. He thinks that sometimes a game is the best way to bring people together.

He took a few minutes to share her thoughts on what it means to change the world through entrepreneurship.

What does being a changemaker mean to you?

A changemaker is somebody who can make a difference and an impact whether it’s in their small community or a larger community as a whole. It’s always good if you can start small. Eventually, that will work its way out. A changemaker is someone who can start with one person and work their way out to many.

What is the best part about starting something new?

Starting something new is a nice change from the usual rut. It’s nice to be able to do something that will break up the monotony of going to class, sitting through class, doing homework. Somewhere in there you have to do something that means something instead of sitting in front of a computer all day thinking “I should do something with my life,” but never getting a chance to actually do it. Starting something new is a great way to keep things fresh and keep things exciting, too.

What is your favorite thing about Providence that makes it a great place to start things?

I love Waterfire. They’re awesome. Starting something in Providence makes sense because it’s kind of the hub of Rhode Island. Rhode Island is so small that so many people just kind of end up there. It’s easy to reach a lot of people in such a small space. That’s the best way to make a change.

What is one issue or topic that you are most passionate about and why?

The issue of video game violence and children is really important to me. Being a game design student, I see video game violence on a regular basis. It’s weird when it’s sensationalized in the media in a weird way. They always ignore the fact that the parents still buy their children the games. It’s not the games themselves so much as the parent purchasing something like Call of Duty and giving it to their child that interests me. Parents shouldn’t be buying those types of games for their children. This is something I really care about, and something we talk about a lot as video game designers. Some people are mixed on it, but I definitely feel like the parents have to lock down on the decision making.

How do you want to change the world?

I want to change the world any way I can. We’re only here for 80 or 90 years. I want to make an impact somewhere along the line. I don’t necessarily want to be remembered, that’s not really want it’s about. I want to do something that will stick with society after I leave so that way at least I’m not just written on a headstone and that’s it.

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to one day be a manager at a game design company, preferably an indie one because big companies tend to not enjoy their employees as much and screw them out of benefits and stuff. Being a manager or an owner of an indie game company would be awesome because then I can kind of work on my own terms that way.

Read about the other Changemaker Fellows here.

NEIT Gaming Students Present Games at MIT

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Assistant Professor, David Johnson (DJ) took his Video Game Design and Development (VGDD) class to the Boston Festival of Indie Games on September 12th.  VGDD Senior Project – The “Nu” Class (14th greek letter) had to present their capstone games at the festival  which was held on the MIT campus in Cambridge. New England Tech’s four teams rotated through the booth during the six-hour event with the goal of trying to get 100 players and user feedback.

Team One had a multiplayer “capture the flag” game called Block Island Bots.

Team Two featured a mobile device game called ”Human Cannonball” The objective of this game was to dodge mid-air obstacles and capture coins.

Team Three presented Grand Techno Rush, a racing game with an interesting musical effect.

Team Four offered a dark stealth game called Agent Scorpion. The event gives each team the experience of crafting release quality games for a rabid player audience.

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Boston Festival of Indie Games 2015 Receives Over 200 Tabletop & Video Game Showcase Submissions! 

About the Boston Festival of Indie Games ( www.bostonfig.com )

The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England and neighboring regions. The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing an inclusive, safe, family-friendly event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, from video games to tabletop games and beyond. The Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and development interests in game play.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Video Game Design and Game Development & Simulation Programming.

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AutoCAD: WBlocks (Write Blocks) adjust to the Insert Unit

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Do you use different forms of units within your projects/company and want to utilize your WBlocks in all projects quickly?

Example. A projects is Decimal Units and another projects in Metric Units, you have WBlocks created in Decimal Units and want to utilize then in a Metric unit DWG.

Steps to take for the conversion to work seamlessly.

  1. When creating a WBlock make sure a form of units that applies to the WBlock is defined in the WBlock dialog box / Insert Units drop down area.

*In this drawing example the WBlock Insert Units are set to Inches:

WBlock Units 1

Wblock Units 2

*Here is the WBlock example, Switch Plate drawn in Decimal units, the Insert units defined as Inches in the Write Block dialog box.

WBlock Imperial units 3

2. Open the next Drawing define the Insertion Scale found in the Drawing units Dialog box. Ex. Millimeters…
Drawing Units Millimeters 4
3. Insert the WBlock: The conversion happens automatically.

WBlock Metric units 5

Imperial Units:   X   the metric conversion of Millimeters (24.5)

2.750    X       25.4   =       70.6120


4.500    X       25.4   =       114.3000







The suffix mm was added – within the Dimension Style manager / Primary Units tab / Linear Dimension area.

Hint:   When creating a WBlock for your library stay consistent with the form of units you create them in. If you and your co-workers know all WBlocks are created in Inches they will know to check the Insertion Scale if inserting into a drawing with units other than Inches.  Inches is the example option I chose to use your type of work will direct that choice.

Learn more about WBlocks (Write Blocks) adjust to the Insert Unit features by registering for the 32-hour Fundamentals class.  Click Here to request more information.

Coming this Fall from the NEIT Alumni Association

NEIT Alumni Association Sponsored Events

Financial Basics

Small Business Workshop

Contact Joan Segerson, Director of Development/Alumni Relations for more information at 401-739-5000, ext 3704 or jsegerson@neit.edu.

NEIT to Host Two Open Houses, Criminal Justice & Automotive

Automotive Career Open House, Wednesday September 23, 2015, 3:00-6:00 pm

Criminal Justice Open House, Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:00-5:00 pm

EAST GREENWICH, RI – Individuals interested in learning more about New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) Automotive and Criminal Justice Technology programs are invited to attend its upcoming open houses. Tours of the innovative, hands-on labs and classrooms will be conducted. Faculty, students, graduates, as well as Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Services representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

The Automotive Career Open House will be held at the college’s Warwick, Rhode Island  campus located at 101 Access Road. NEIT offers Associate in Science degree programs that include Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, and Auto Body/Collision Repair as well as a Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Service Management. Individuals will hear about the exciting career opportunities within the automotive industry and NEIT’s hands-on approach to learning. The college’s NEW Automotive Scholarships will also be revealed.

To RSVP to the Automotive Career Open House, please visit www.neit.edu/AutoCareer

or call the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmisisons@neit.edu. To learn more about New England Tech’s automotive programs, visit www.neit.edu.

The Criminal Justice Open House will be held at NEIT’s Warwick, Rhode Island campus at 65 Access Road. The college offers Associate in Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Criminal Justice Technology.  In March, 2015, NEIT launched its flexible Criminal Justice Hybrid Bachelor of Science degree program designed for busy working professionals. This new hybrid program offers fully on-line courses while combining on-line activities with face-to-face classroom and lab experiences.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty to learn about the various Criminal Justice Technology programs and to tour the college’s unique forensics and criminal justice facilities.

To RSVP to the Criminal Justice Open House, please visit www.neit.edu/cj or call the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. To learn more about New England Tech’s Criminal Justice programs, visit www.neit.edu.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Since 1940, New England Tech has provided employer driven education to its students through more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and on-line degree programs.

“Replay” Hit-Maker IYAZ (NEIT Grad) Is Back With New Single

New England Tech graduate, Iyaz released his latest single #Alive.

“Alive” Featuring Nash of HOT CHELLE RAE; and he is set To Perform On THE TODAY SHOW September 28th. 

From 360 Magazine:

Multi-Platinum, singer-songwriter IYAZ – best known for his smash hit “Replay”,which was featured as part of an iPod campaign, sold a staggering 15-million singles, and climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – has staged his comeback and has launched it with his first official single in four years. IYAZ has released the lyric video for “Alive” featuring Nash of Hot Chelle Rae and has announced that he’ll be performing the track for the first time on The TODAY Show,September 28th. This also marks the singer’s first TV performance in four years.

With inventive re-imaginings of the reggae-splashed, hook-heavy Pop/R&B, that artists like Rihanna, Omi, Nicki Minaj, and MAGIC! have made popular, Virgin Islands born IYAZ quickly built a huge cult following. Known for infectious melodies and incredibly catchy hooks, IYAZ has spent the last four years honing his craft as a songwriter and vocalist, as well as exploring his true sound and collaborating with artists like Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy, FloRida, Big Time Rush, David Guetta, Sean Kingston, Akon, Rick Ross, Charice, New Boyz, and more.

IYAZ’s songwriting style is timeless and universal. He’s a storyteller who paints visual scenarios that tug at the listener’s heart-strings. Every lyric he writes is handcrafted to relate and connect to the listener. He does this with clean lyrics, devoid of curse words and negative themes. Instead, the 26-year-old artist makes uplifting reggae-infused Pop/R&B melodies. With more confidence than ever and without the constraints of major label supervision, IYAZ is free to take artistic chances, while maintaining his innate ability to produce sing-able, accessible, great pop-tunes – which is evident on “Alive”.

IYAZ first broke onto the scene in 2010 after being discovered on his Myspace page by Sean Kingston and getting signed to label Beluga Heights, whose roster also included Jason Derulo. IYAZ went on to co-write “Replay” with label-mate Derulo, and the rest is history. “Replay” became one of the biggest songs of the summer, going six-times platinum. IYAZ followed the smash up with a double platinum hit (“Solo”) and two gold-certified songs (“Pretty Girls” with Travie McCoy and “So Big”), as well as sold-out gigs spanning the globe on major tours such as Justin Bieber’s “My World Tour”, London’s T4 Festival, andWango Tango.

“Alive” featuring Nash of Hot Chelle Rae is available now on iTunes.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts) contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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Listen to NEIT’s Paul Harden’s radio interview

New England Tech’s Transportation Technologies Department Chair, Paul Harden was recently interviewed by WPRO’s Gene Valicenti about the average age of today’s vehicles and the required knowledge to service them. Then Paul talked to Gene again about the best and worst vehicles of 2015. Paul followed that up with an interview with Kim Kalunian about 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction Index survey that says American’s are dissatisfied with their vehicles.

Below is Paul’s interview with Kim Kalunian, which aired on August 26, 2015.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired on July 30, 2015.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired on September 3, 2015.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management Technology

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