Category Archives: Research

3D printed metal parts smarten up at VTT Finland

Smart metal parts, capable of relaying information about performance, condition and authenticity, have been made using additive manufacturing in a project at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Made as a demo exploring potential manufacturing technologies, the parts have been dubbed as “the next big step towards artificial intelligence” in machinery. Additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0 […]

America Makes and ANSI call for input on final additive manufacturing roadmap

Above a year after Version 1.0, America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have released a preliminary final draft of the AMSC Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing. Ahead of the final publication date, scheduled for June 2018, the roadmap is open to public comments concerning necessary revisions and clarification. Comment can be sent to amsc@ansi.org […]

Half million 3D printers sold in 2017 – on track for 100M sold in 2030

3D Printing Industry research shows, the market for Desktop 3D Printers has experienced an acceleration of growth in 2018, with just under 500K desktop 3D printers sold. Extending and analysing the quarterly data provided by research firm Context, shows an impressive 52% year-on-year growth in 3D printer volume sales. This is a sizeable shift from […]

Sydney microfactory upcycles e-waste into 3D printer filament

The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, is turning electronic waste into 3D printer filament. In what the university is calling a world first, a microfactory for the sorting and recycling of electronic waste has been launched in Sydney.   The project aims to demonstrate one way of turning the burden of electronic waste […]

Russian Academy of Sciences leads unprecedented high-resolution 3D printing research

Two-photon lithography is a method of 3D printing that can produce objects on a molecular scale. Valuable to the fields of medical research, i.e. devices for drug delivery, tissue regeneration, chemical & material synthesis, the technology warrants deeper development to help expand the possibilities of the technology and lower the cost. In a study led […]

Dartmouth smart ink 3D prints, shrinks and transforms smart materials

A 3D printed, shrunken Arc de Triomphe represents the result of the latest research undertaken by the Ke Functional Materials Group at Dartmouth College. Focused on developing innovative materials for 3D and 4D printing applications, the Ke Group’s most recent ink makes objects that change size and color in reaction to external stimulus. Though still far from […]

Concordia 4D printing makes moldless composites faster and cheaper

3D printing composite materials without the use of molds is highly valuable to manufacturers seeking innovative, lightweight and strong components. By cutting out the middle man, businesses can save time and money when delivering products to customers across a broad range of industries. Such methods would, for example, be valuable to the marine industry that […]

Northwestern Engineering develops method for 3D printing low cost, high quality optical lenses

Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering has developed a new method for 3D printing high quality lenses for use in optical imaging devices. Applications of the technology include customised contact lenses or smartphone lens attachments. Researchers 3D printed a lens measuring 5 mm in height and 3 mm in diameter in just four hours. Traditional methods […]

Berkeley Lab develops 3D printed water with flexible electronic potential

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have 3D printed liquid structures using a modified Qidi X-one 3D printer. The researchers say the novel technique has a number of potential applications in areas such as flexible “liquid electronics,” medical research and chemical synthesis. Modifying the X-one 3D printer The 3D printed threads […]

Berkeley Lab develops 3D printed water with flexible electronic potential

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have 3D printed liquid structures using a modified Qidi X-one 3D printer. The researchers say the novel technique has a number of potential applications in areas such as flexible “liquid electronics,” medical research and chemical synthesis. Modifying the X-one 3D printer The 3D printed threads […]