Category Archives: Research

Tel Aviv University researchers propose low-cost microwave metal 3D printer

A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University, Israel, has published a proof of concept study that could lead to cheaper metal 3D printers. The study examines the potential of localized microwave heating (LMH), that could be applied to produce rough, large scale structures at a faster throughput rate. Localized microwave heating additive manufacturing As described in […]

Transparent 3D printable nanostructures can mimic natural colors

Scientists from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have presented an alternative method of applying user-defined color to 3D printed objects. Replacing pigment-based colors, which alter appearance by the selective absorption of electrons in a substance, the scientists have created a computational […]

CityU researchers create novel ink for 4D printed ceramics

Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have developed a novel ink for creating 4D printed ceramics. Containing ceramic nanoparticles and elastic polymers, this ink enables scientists to create transforming objects on a 3D printer.  Leading the research Professor Jian Lu, Vice-President (Research and Technology) and Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, believes that this ink […]

NYU team encode parts with 3D printed QR “clouds” to prevent counterfeiting

3D printed QR codes are the latest development in the prevention of counterfeiting and intellectual property (IP) theft. Created by an international team of researchers from NYU Tandon, New York, and NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), these invisible tags can be internally embedded within additive manufactured components, to be read later only by […]

Hong Kong researches develop 3D printed microrobots for in situ cell regeneration

Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong have created 3D printed microrobot carriers which transport cells within living organisms (in vivo) for targeted therapy and tissue regeneration. The spherical and barbed structure of the robots were fabricated using a Photonic Professional GT laser lithography system from Nanoscribe, which provided “sufficient flexibility to optimize the robot […]

KIT expands portfolio of erasable 3D printer inks

In 2017 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, researchers succeeded in 3D printing, and erasing, microscopic structures 5 times the size of a human hair. An important step forward for high-resolution applications such as medical biopritning and microelectronics, the team has added a new level of sophistication to its research with multiple, erasable […]

UC San Diego researchers develop 3D smart bandage to wirelessly monitor body signals

Mirroring the process of additive manufacturing, engineers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created a 3D stretchable electronic device, dubbed as the “smart bandage”, that wirelessly monitors human body signals such as eye movement, temperature, and heart and brain activity. By fashioning elastomer films on top of each other, the smart bandage, […]

KIT researchers create novel 3D printed prosthetic hand

Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have developed a novel five-finger 3D printed hand prosthesis which uses sensors, an embedded control system, and an RGB camera in the base of the palm to autonomously grasp objects. According to the research paper “The KIT Prosthetic Hand: Design and Control,” standard myoelectric prosthetic […]

3D printed membrane-feeder equips labs for fight against malaria

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by microscopic parasites (called Plasmodium) transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito. According to UNICEF, a child dies of malaria every two minutes. To combat the spread of malaria and support the development of vaccines, scientists use Standard Membrane-Feeding Assay (SMFA) tests which measure the ability of antibodies […]

Kansas State University researchers develop AI system for 3D printing process monitoring

Researchers from Kansas State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) have developed a new quality monitoring system for the 3D printing process. With integrated supervised machine learning, a camera, and image processing software, the researchers created a production quality monitoring system for assessing 3D printed parts in real-time. IMSE researchers Ugandhar Delli […]