Category Archives: nanotechnology

3D printing directly inside the body made possible by this Swiss needle

Medical 3D printing in the subject of a new paper from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland discussing the possibility of endoscopic 3D printing inside the body. Using a photopolymer loaded needle, the Swiss team has 3D printed microstructures onto a slide, paving the way for a new potential means of regenerative […]

Colloidal self-assembly has the potential to revolutionize 3D printing

Self-assembly is the ultimate aim of new research, and presents a future vision of 3D printing at a molecular level. The concept describes how particles can be programmed to arrange themselves into virtually any shape possible. The resulting microstructures formed would be capable of performing tasks the way cells do, and even create the basis […]

3D printed smart bandages developed on UK’s “Internet Coast” to begin trials within next 12 months

Professor Marc Clement, chairman of Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science in Wales, has given insight into how 3D printing, nanotechnology, and biochemistry will be combined …

Researchers 3D Print Large-Scale Factory for Nano-Scale Particles

By Michael Molitch-Hou

With the power to use unique materials for specialty applications, nanoparticles open up entirely new physical properties for the objects around us.  In 3D printing, we’ve often seen these particles, 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, mixed into conductive inks for electronics 3D printing, particularly by companies like Voxel8 and Nano Dimension. One big issue with these tiny materials, however, is the inability to scale up production for widespread use.
Manufacturing nanoparticles requires batch production that is both expensive and time consuming, but, now, researchers at the USC have published new research detailing the large-scale production of these powerful particles.…

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Nickel Nano Ink to Spark Nano Dimension’s Electronics 3D Printing

By Tyler Koslow

Since being founded in 2012, Israeli electronics 3D printing company Nano Dimension has been a pioneer in the development of conductive and dielectric nano inks and multilayered PCBs (printed circuit boards). In fact, their DragonFly 2020 3D printer is actually the first 3D printer to fully focus on printing circuit boards from nano inks. As recent news seems to indicate, Nano Dimension shows no sign of slowing down their innovation upon the way electronics are manufactured. Coming off of the news that they’d received NASDAQ approval to publicly trade on the stock market, Nano Dimension has now announced a new collaboration with Tel Aviv University to help further develop a nanoparticle nickel material produced by researchers at the university’s labs.…

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The 3D Printed Mechanical Chameleon that Knows When to Go Camo

By Tyler Koslow

It seems that some pretty cool news snuck by most of the world last month in the scientific journal ACS Nano. Perhaps it’s because it involves an actual camouflaging mechanical chameleon!

The research, which was conducted by a collaborative team from China’s Wuhan University and the Atlanta-based Georgia Institute of Technology, was aimed at reaching ‘optical invisibility’ by covering a 3D printed chameleon model in a plasmonic display. What these plasmons (aka ripples of electrons) allow for is real-time light manipulation that adapts to the color of the surrounding environment.…

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Resistance is Fertile: 3D Printed Spermbots Give Sperm Bionic Accuracy

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Your run of the mill sperm just doesn’t cut it anymore, now that German researchers from the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at IFW Dresden have begun 3D printing “spermbots”. In the increasingly popular nanotech trend of using 3D printing to create tiny medical devices, the German research team has created micromotors to give poorly swimming sperm the chance to get to the egg for fertilization.

With about one-third of fertility issues tied to the male partner, low motility of sperm can be a crucial factor.…

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“FluidFM” Micro Metal 3D Printing Firm Spun Off by ETH Zurich

By Michael Molitch-Hou

ETH Zurich has developed some of the most exciting 3D printing research we’ve covered on 3DPI and, today, they’ve announced the spin off of at least one of those research endeavors into an independent business. And that business is an exciting one.  Dubbed Cytosurge AG, the ETH Zurich spin off will be dedicated to the commercialization of the FluidFM process for 3D micro printing tiny metallic structures.

While EOS and 3D-Micromac previously teamed up to form 3D Micro Print for the micro laser sintering of minuscule metal parts, Cytosurge was not satisfied with the technologies on the market for producing metallic micro- and nano-structures. …

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Davide Sher’s Top 2015 3D Printing Applications

By Davide Sher

I think that, until the end of 2014, it was still theoretically possible to discuss the top 5 3D printing innovations of the year. Today, I don’t find that possible any longer. There are just way too many things happening in the 3D printing industry and the crazy part is that we are still, really, at the very beginning. Only a couple of years have passed since the mass public discovered that 3D printing exists and, yet, this technology is now at the forefront in just about every industrial, professional, and artisan sector of manufacturing.…

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