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3D printing shines in first China International Import Expo, bringing intelligent life

(People's Daily Online)    16:15, November 07, 2018

“I can’t see you. Let me feel you instead.”

For mothers-to-be who are unfortunately blind, a special ultrasound device showcased at the China International Import Expo (#CIIE) in Shanghai will bring them good news, as it can turn 3D data into a physical model, allowing blind mothers-to-be to “see” their babies.

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The device was introduced by General Electric and is equipped with high-precision 3D and 4D imaging technology for better understanding of potential risks to unborn babies.

“The device has the highest level in the field of prenatal diagnosis, such as fetal heart and pelvic floor ultrasounds,” Ma Haiyan, the general manager of the ultrasound business of GE Healthcare (China), told news portal ThePaper.

The devices have been put into service in medical institutions in several countries including China, according to Ma.

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In addition, the 3D printing technology can also utilized by cosmetics and food companies to bring smart life to Chinese consumers.

South Korea’s AmorePacific Group, for example, launched a new custom mask technology—a mask customization machine that combines #IoT and 3D printing technology—which can produce masks customized for facial features and skin conditions. It chose this year’s Expo in Shanghai for its first appearance in overseas markets.

Customers can also choose the shape of chewing gum with a device unveiled by German Wacker Chemie AG. The device, which is equipping with a 3D printer and accompanying software, customizes the shape of gum based on user preference. In addition, an advanced boiling method enables the device to use ingredients such as coconut, which is unusual because of its richness in moisture.

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