Chattanooga startup 3D Operations just announced a partnership with Erlanger Health System that’s both a giant step for the company and the next, logical step in its growth. A little over a year ago, 3D Operations was a 2014 Gig Tank competitor putting a company together around the idea of converting CT and MRI scans into 3-D printed models surgeons could use to plan surgery, educate patients and train medical students. Two weeks ago, 3D Ops and Erlanger announced the world’s first hospital-wide study of 3-D printing patient-specific anatomy as a pre-surgical planning tool for every clinical department. Over the next six months, all surgical departments of the hospital, which is the nation’s seventh largest public hospital system and is affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, will explore how 3-D printing can be used to improve surgical outcomes.
Everyone’s accustomed to the sight of real estate agents placing a for sale sign in a yard. Soon they may be holding something else — the controls of a drone flying overhead. Real estate agents are increasingly using small drones to take aerial photographs and videos of homes for sale. The images are more dramatic that ordinary photos taken at ground level and help listings stand out on the Internet, where almost everyone shopping for a home begins their search. “Drones are a wonderful thing,” said Larry Lipman, the head of the Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty in Nashville. “We were the first to actually do it in the city.”
What do recipe apps, flowerpots, ladder levelers and sunscreen booths have in common? Each was a business idea pitched by a UTC student as part of the annual UTC College of Business Elevator Pitch Competition last month. This year’s winners were Cora-Leigh O’Neal and Mandy Power with the What’s in My Kitchen? application. What’s in My Kitchen? is an app that will suggest recipes based on the ingredients the user already has in his or her pantry and fridge. The students saw a need for a recipe app that will not force its users to purchase expensive or hard-to-find ingredients for just one dish or cause buyers to purchase ingredients that they did not remember that they already owned.
“We need a new kind of car industry . . . one that is more responsive,” Jay Rogers, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Local Motors, told us last week in an interview from the show floor of a massive automotive industry event in Las Vegas. The venue – the annual “SEMA Show” – and the announcement – a fully homologated 3D-printed vehicle that will begin production in 2016 and be available in 2017 once crash testing is complete – symbolize the disruptive business model and technology approach undertaken by Rogers and the Local Motors team. Local Motors says about three-fourths of the LM3D will be printed, with items such as the power train being purchased from suppliers. “Our goal is to consolidate as much of the traditional bill of materials into a single, 3D-printed piece as possible, eventually making about 90 percent of the car using 3D-printing,” the company says in the previously referenced FAQ.
Knoxville News Sentinel
Some of Knoxville’s top entrepreneurs are paving the way for faster cures for complex diseases, turning a surprise viral video hit into an enterprise that could “transform the content genre,” and developing technology to monitor our nation’s infrastructure in real-time — and those are just a few of the business ideas that will compete to win a $5,000 prize Nov. 19 at Start Up Day 2015’s pitch competition.
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