Category Archives: Research

Empa cellulose 3D printing advances yield guidelines for composite material tuning

A group at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Empa, is investigating ways to 3D print cellulose. As the most abundant organic polymer in the world, the material is sustainable, and biocompatible, presenting great potential for medical research. Recent progress made at Empa demonstrates how to 3D print cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as […]

Empa cellulose 3D printing advances yield guidelines for composite material tuning

A group at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Empa, is investigating ways to 3D print cellulose. As the most abundant organic polymer in the world, the material is sustainable, and biocompatible, presenting great potential for medical research. Recent progress made at Empa demonstrates how to 3D print cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) as […]

ACES investigates diamond-laced ABS as low-cost 3D printer material

Researchers at Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) have published a study into the thermal performance of an ABS-diamond composite for 3D printers. The aim of the research is to broaden the selection of available materials for 3D printing, harnessing the unique properties of microdiamonds. “Amongst the various carbonaceous fillers available, high pressure and […]

Virginia Tech 3D prints devices that generate electricity from impact

A new 3D printing discovery at Virginia Tech is poised to change the way we design sensors and low-power generators. A team lead by associate professor Xiaoyu ‘Rayne’ Zheng has succeeded in creating piezoelectric structures that can take on any shape or form. By enabling such flexibility, the researchers are now free to create a range […]

Fighting opioid abuse with 3D printed egg-shaped tablets

According to new research, 3D printed tablets could deter opioid abusers from misusing pharmaceuticals. A team from St. John’s University, New York, designed and tested egg-shaped thermoplastic shapes that make it difficult to misuse strong prescription drugs. These egg-shaped tablets, dubbed “egglets”, were developed and assessed by Doctors Pavan Kumar Nukala, Siddhant Palekar, Manali Patki […]

HUST researchers iron out cracks of 3D printed bulk metallic glass

A team of researchers led by Professor Ning Li at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, have discovered a way to scale-up 3D printing of bulk metallic glass (BMG). With a unique atomic structure, BMG alloys are highly resistant to wear and corrosion while maintaining the melted malleability of glass. However, this […]

UK researchers develop 3D printed crystal inspired metamaterials for more damage-tolerant parts

Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Imperial College London (ICL) are exploring crystallographic microstructures in metallic alloys to improve the durability of 3D printed parts. As a result of this research, the team has developed ‘meta-crystals’ that incorporate novel lattice compositions, mimicking the structure of a single crystal – a material in which the […]

Penn State researchers integrate ‘Embodied Logic’ into 3D printed smart objects

Engineers from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) have created bioinspired 3D printed structures that move and react to its environment. Such objects do not require electronically-integrated systems, but, much like the venus fly trap, uses atmospheric stimuli to operate; the Penn State team have dubbed this as “embodied logic”. The […]

Patent filed for metal 3D printing without layers

The patent for a metal 3D printing method reportedly capable of  producing entire objects in a single step has been published online by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Invented by Nataša Muševič, director of Research and Development at small-scale manufacturing provider and consultancy Zavod Park in Slovenia, the system is a method of support-free 3D printing […]

University of Michigan takes on CLIP 3D printing with “single exposure” fabrication

Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a high speed 3D printing technology that can be scaled to achieve the production of large objects. Tipped to be 100 times faster than other commercially available technologies, the technique is also capable of rending a 3D object with just a single flash of light rather than layer […]