Category Archives: Research

Bright lights of 3D printed lithium-ion batteries demonstrated by DukeU and Texas State

Already incredibly versatile, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are reaching new levels of flexibility thanks to 3D printing. Using a desktop 3D printer and PLA filament, researchers at Texas State University and Duke University, North Carolina, have found a cost-effective way of fashioning LIBs into wearable devices and coin cell batteries. A study of the process has been […]

University at Buffalo tracks infill fingerprints back to source 3D printers

PrinTracker is a 3D printer identification system recently developed by researchers at the University at Buffalo in New York. With this system, 3D printed objects can be tracked back to the machine that created them. Its purpose is to help law enforcers crack down on the potential unethical and criminal use of 3D printers. Counterfeiting, […]

The Chunker “chunk-based slicer” proposed for cobot 3D printing

In a paper recently published in Rapid Prototyping Journal, scientists detail a new slicing approach for multiple 3D printers working on the same object. In place of the typical layer-by-layer approach, this team proposes the “Chunker” that breaks CAD models down into chunks that are designated to different mobile additive manufacturing systems. According to the social […]

Georgia Tech and Beida 3D print engineering strength origami

A 3D printing research collaboration between Georgia Institute of Technology and China’s Peking University (Beida) has yielded transformable structures that can support up to 100 times their own weight. A continuation of previous studies demonstrating self-assembling tensegrity structures, the results of this research is a step forward for engineering applications of origami structures. Origami engineering principles As pointed […]

£47 million facilities established in the University of Sheffield for advanced industrial technologies

Three new research centers for advanced engineering and industrial technologies, such as additive manufacturing, have opened within the University of Sheffield. The £47 million facilities, which are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), UK Research and Innovation, and the University of Sheffield, will help companies develop new technologies to cut costs and lead […]

Researchers 3D print objects that can communicate without electronics

Scientists at the University of Washington (UW), have developed self-tracking 3D printed devices that can provide analytics without using batteries or electronics. Jennifer Mankoff, Engineering Professor at the UW and part of the engineering team, said, “We’re interested in making accessible assistive technology with 3-D printing, but we have no easy way to know how […]

Q&A: RMIT’s Dr. Kate Fox adding nanodiamonds to 3D printed implants

3D Printing Industry recently covered a study from researchers at RMIT University, Australia, proving that diamond-coated titanium implants could improve biocompatibility within the body. Dr. Kate Fox led this research titled “Polycrystalline Diamond Coating of Additively Manufactured Titanium for Biomedical Applications,” which is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. A senior lecturer at RMIT’s School of […]

NIST probes SLA 3D printing to improve quality by the voxel

High resolution 3D printing is reaching new levels of quality thanks to a technique developed at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Using a very-high-resolution scanning probe, the NIST researchers were able to measure the exact moment when material cures in an SLA 3D printer. Using data gathered in this process, 3D printing […]

3D printed glass-ceramics earmarked for hardy medical microdevices

Researchers at Vilnius University, Lithuania, have succeeded in 3D printing glass-ceramics on a nanoscopic scale. Strong and potentially fluorescent or superconductive, these amorphous materials, and their fabrication via additive manufacturing, facilitates the creation of tailor-made quantum dots and unlocks new potential in microdevice manufacturing. Examples of such devices include microrobots or microfluidic chips used in medical research. […]

Nuclear researchers identify “critical deposition height” of DED 3D printed layers

A collaboration between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), and Monash University has discerned the perfect balance of stresses in DED 3D printed coating. Realized as a theoretical model, the critical deposition height of DED layers is a step towards improving the longevity of components repaired using […]