Category Archives: 3D Printing Materials

Methane from Yellowstone Park: a new 3D printing material?

Researchers at Montana State University (MSU) are investigating an unlikely source for new 3D printer material: the methane-producing microbes in Yellowstone National Park. Recently awarded $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) ‒ in addition to a hefty $6 million secured back in August ‒ the innovative research project will study the little-understood methane-producing microbes that live deep underground Yellowstone, and aim to leverage these microorganisms in the production of plastics and other commercial materials.

3D printed tree bark could prevent fires (knock on wood)

Researchers at Switzerland’s Bern University of Applied Sciences in Biel have developed a new way to extract tannins from native tree bark in order to produce adhesives, composites, and 3D printing materials. Tannin foams are highly fire-resistant, making them suitable for light construction.