Category Archives: Research

ASTM International’s Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence launches second R&D funding round

Global standards developer ASTM International has announced a “Request For Ideas (RFI)” from its ASTM F42 members who are in need of short-term R&D funding through its Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE). ASTM F42 the leading committee at forefront of additive manufacturing standards. Those involved in this group are experienced in determining the […]

ORNL and Lincoln Electric to advance large-scale additive manufacturing technology for metal tooling

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee, and Ohio-based manufacturer of welding products Lincoln Electric (NASDAQ: LECO), have announced a new agreement to advance the development of large-scale metal additive manufacturing technology. Established at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing InnovationXLab Summit, the collaboration aims to increase the throughput of large-scale additively manufactured industrial metallic […]

NASA is using 3D printing to develop soft robots for space exploration

A pair of researchers at NASA are using 3D printing to help bring soft robotics to space. Chuck Sullivan and Jack Fitzpatrick, interns at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, are investigating the viability of using soft robotics for space exploration and assembly. Soft robots are constructed from highly flexible materials, allowing for new […]

ORNL and UMaine team up to produce new nanocellulose-based 3D printing feedstock

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee, and the University of Maine (UMaine) have been granted $20 million in U.S. federal funding to create bio-based 3D material for large-scale additive manufacturing. In the past three years alone, Maine has witnessed the closure of several paper mills, including a Madison Paper Industries facility which closed down in May 2016 […]

Interview: Grace X. Gu, UC Berkeley, developer of a self-correcting 3D printer

In 2017 multinational pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, launched the WiSTEM2D Scholars Award program to increase the representation of women in six scientific and technical fields. Open to assistant and associate academic professors from across the STEM field, winners of the prize are awarded $150,000 in funding and three years of mentorship from Johnson & […]

University of Cincinnati say ice could help the NDT of metal 3D printed parts

Francesco Simonetti, an aerospace engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati,  and his undergraduate student Michael Fox have developed a new method of non-destructive testing (NDT) for inspecting metal 3D printed components. Detailed in a study for NDT & E International the technique, termed cryoultrasonics, unusually combines ice and ultrasound to overcome inadequacies associated with other […]

ExOne and ORNL collaborate to develop new binder jet 3D printing technology

Leading industrial 3D printer provider ExOne has announced it will be collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to advance binder jet 3D printing. The aim of the collective is to develop a new binder jet technology benefiting both sand and metal 3D printers. As part of this, the two teams will enable the 3D processing […]

Bioengineers 3D print a liver-like air sac using food dyes, opening doors for replacement organ printing

Research headed by bioengineers from Rice University and the University of Washington (UW) has advanced the possibility of bioprinting human organs from living cells and hydrogels.  By adding common food dyes, the hydrogels used in the experiment were made photocurable for DLP printing and suitable for the intended application. Food colors, based on natural products such […]

ETH Zürich researchers develop microscopic 3D printing method for multimaterial electronics

Researchers at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, have developed a novel 3D printing method capable of manufacturing multi-metal microstructures with a resolution of 250 nanometers at 10 voxels per second. According to the study published in Nature Communications, ink-based metal additive manufacturing processes have several limitations in producing metallic structures. Alain Reiser, a Ph.D. student and first author […]

3D printing research CrAMmed: Tsinghua University, Stockholm University, Aichi Institute of Technology, Purdue University

In this edition of our additive manufacturing research digest CrAMmed, we take a look at the latest developments from the academic world. The studies below include material development, life-improving surgery, and new inventions in 3D printing. Advances in materials In a study titled, “Coffee-based colloids for direct solar absorption,” researchers at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, have showed […]