KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Top nine medical applications for 3D printing

Model marketplace CGTrader has compiled a list of medical applications for 3D printing. It’s in the medical field that 3D printing may, in the long run, have the most impact, as the extrusion of living cells instead of plastic material in a 3D printer leads us to bioprinting.
Here’s the list:
1. Hearing Aids - 98% of hearing aids (more than 10 million) are already 3D printed today. 
2. Digital Dentistry - dentists have been using it for 10 years, to make things that really can’t be made in any other way.
3. Body Parts and Bone - Earlier this year, an American patient received a radical surgery in which 75% of his skull was replaced with a 3D printed implant. 
4. Faces and Children Hands - thanks to 3D printing, prosthetics have become easier to customize and produce. 
5. Growing a Bionic Ear - a skeletal structure was seeded with cartilage cells, and 10 weeks later, developed into a fully formed ear!
6. Stem cells pave the way to artificial organs
7. Endless Blood Vessels Threads
8. New Skin
9. Organs: A Fiction or The Great Achievement of The Next Decade? The world’s first artificial liver is already on its way. A team at Heriot Watt University led by Dr. Will Shu are running experiments with this goal in mind, again using 3D printing in the manufacturing process.
 
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