Category Archives: Research

ETH Zurich’s 4D printed structures self-deploy and have shape memory

As part of research into the development of four-dimensional (4D) printing and active self-deploying structures, scientists from ETH Zurich have proposed a series of 3D printed auxetic meta-materials. The materials may be used in biomedical devices, engineering structures, and aerospace applications. Such materials, capable of achieving area changes of up to 200%, are are 3D printed geometrically complex active […]

BASF and Xaar to industrialize Photopolymer Jetting together

German chemical company BASF and British industrial Inkjet company Xaar are to collaborate on research to improve Photopolymer Jetting (PPJ), a material deposition 3D printing process. The purpose of the research is to investigate how the technology might be best applied to industrial part manufacturing. The technology may then be used by OEMs for smart factories […]

CfAM publishes breakthrough Multifunctional AM method for electronics

Multifunctional Additive Manufacturing (MFAM) champions the development of single step 3D printing using multiple materials. Due to its nature, MFAM is ideally suited to the fabrication of electronic components, as they typically require step by step assembly of conductive and non-conductive parts. Researchers at the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) are leading […]

St. John’s researchers lay groundwork for 3D printed antipsychotic drugs

3D printing has the potential to usher in a new era of point-of-care, personalized medication. With custom meds, pharmacists and physicians could provide patients with a dosage tailor made to their unique physiology, delivering more effective treatment in a record amount of time. Though this vision as yet is far from achieving certification, researchers around […]

St. John’s researchers lay groundwork for 3D printed antipsychotic drugs

3D printing has the potential to usher in a new era of point-of-care, personalized medication. With custom meds, pharmacists and physicians could provide patients with a dosage tailor made to their unique physiology, delivering more effective treatment in a record amount of time. Though this vision as yet is far from achieving certification, researchers around […]

Nottigham’s 3D printed helmet ushers in a new era of natural brain scans

A £1.6 million collaborative project between scientists at the University of Nottingham and University College London (UCL) is looking to improve the way we map the human brain. Focusing on the development of magnetoencephalography (MEG), researchers have 3D printed a prototype helmet that may yield quadruple the sensitivity of current MEG devices. Reading at room […]

Ames Lab research 3D prints practical catalytic objects for chemical study

Adding to the potential of 3D printed objects, research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has proved the ability to make objects with instilled catalytic potential. By adding this quality to the material, researchers can make devices that facilitate the study of chemical reactions, practical to the synthesis of new chemical products, sensing […]

ECAM could be the low cost alternative metal 3D printing is looking for

Electrochemical Additive Manufacturing (ECAM) is a new metal 3D printing method in development as a low cost alternative to other techniques such as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and selective laser melting (SLM). In place of a high temperature laser for melting metal feedstock, ECAM builds objects using a liquid solution of electrified metal ions, […]

Michigan Tech study asks how flexible 3D printing can save costs at home

Casio watch straps, ice cube trays, car parts and phone cases are among the items 3D printed in the latest study by Michigan Tech researchers Aubrey Woern and Professor Joshua Pearce. The items were made to determine whether the average home could save money by using a desktop 3D printer as an alternative to products bought […]

Chemical ghost signatures protect DED 3D printed parts from counterfeitting

IP protection is one concern that could stilt the growth of additive manufacturing for sensitive applications in high value industries such as aerospace, automotive and defence. Protection methods under investigation include embedding quantum dot signatures, microstructural manipulation and advanced encryption of the digital design files. The solution proposed by Dr. Sharon Flank et al. from InfraTrac, is […]