In the News: Dr. Richard Weir and his lab group, Aurora Sentinel

Local 3-D printer testing machinery could help artificial limb producers solve difficult problems

AURORA | Richard Weir’s new toy takes up an entire room in this basement maze of laboratory space at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

That’s not to say this refurbished 3-D printer belongs to Weir, a research professor in the University of Colorado Denver’s new Department of Bioengineering. The cutting-edge laser metal bonding machine came to the lab thanks to a $600,000 grant from the Veterans Administration, and it’s part of the larger Biomechatronics Development Laboratory that’s home to researchers from CU and the VA.

Read the full story by ADAM GOLDSTEIN, Staff Writer, Aurora Sentinal at:

Metal prototype machine may revolutionize biomedical research

From left, Jacob Segil, doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering at CU-Boulder; Richard Weir, Ph.D., associate research professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus; Matthew Davidson, doctoral student in Bioengineering CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus; and Nili Krausz, graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, stand next to the new 3D metal rapid-prototype machine in the Research Institute Laboratory.

Richard Weir, Ph.D., a leading researcher in robotic technology for arm amputees, said the fabricator will allow his research team to develop better components — created faster and less costly — for prosthetic fingers, hands and arms. Weir, an associate research professor in the Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Applied Science, also envisions creating a prototyping center as a resource for other university and VA researchers.

Read the Full Story in the CU Denver Newsroom