Category Archives: Research

3D printing brings robotics closer to real life with synthetic muscle

Scientists have invented a 3D printed synthetic muscle that can lift up to 1000 times its own weight. In a paper published earlier this week, Aslan Miriyev, Kenneth Stack and Hod Lipson from Columbia University describe an new actuator which mimics the expansion and contraction of human muscle. The actuator can be attached to a skeletal structure to create […]

3D printing brings robotics closer to real life with synthetic muscle

Scientists have invented a 3D printed synthetic muscle that can lift up to 1000 times its own weight. In a paper published earlier this week, Aslan Miriyev, Kenneth Stack and Hod Lipson from Columbia University describe an new actuator which mimics the expansion and contraction of human muscle. The actuator can be attached to a skeletal structure to create […]

3D printed suckerfish grip could take explorers into The Great Unknown

Since August 5th 2012 the Mars Curiosity Rover has been live tweeting its movements from the surface of the red planet to almost 4 million followers all around the world. Back on Earth and 10,994 metres (36,070 ft) under the sea however, there is no such luxury of wireless communication. To date, only four planned missions […]

MIT 3D printed “cups” deliver multiple vaccines in a single shot

A new 3D printing method from the Langer Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a way of making vaccines that releases multiple doses of a drug over a controlled period of time. Termed StampEd Assembly of polymer Layers (SEAL), the process harnesses photolithography to 3D print and seal microscopic wells, or “cups”, […]

3D printed clay scaffolding shows promise for cell growth and drug delivery

Laponite, a synthetic clay that becomes a clear gel in water, has been used to make a bioink for 3D printing powered medical studies. Commonly used as a thickener in cosmetics, the clay is a novel addition to hydrogels used as a habitable environment for stem cells, and biodegradable containers for controlled drug delivery. In […]

Oak Ridge partners with Senvol for 3D printing data collection project

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), co-developer of the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) process and one of America’s leading technological research institutes, has signed a two-year research agreement with the Senvol additive manufacturing database. In the collaboration, ORNL will use Senvol’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to evaluate the best processes for data collection, and apply it […]

Argonne collaborative releases deep dive on metal 3D printing process

In the latest release from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) reveals developments in its high-speed imaging of laser melting inside metal 3D printers. Conducted in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, and Missouri University of Science and Technology, the study contributes to a body of research seeking to improve the additive manufacturing […]

SLA 3D printer materials degrade on demand in Brown University study

A study from the Wong lab at Brown University has given researchers more control over 3D printed polymers. Supporting a direct-write stereolithography (SLA) approach, specially developed materials allow scientists to reverse the 3D printing process, returning a semi-solid structure to a pre-printed liquid state. Reversible 3D printing  The liquid-to-solid reaction inside SLA 3D printers is […]

Harvard’s hybrid 3D printing method creates electronic second skin

The future of wearable technology envisions smart devices worn as close to the human skin as possible. Activated by “soft”, flexible electronics, this kind of second skin will enable seamless interaction between wearers and their technology, enhancing the human ability to make decisions and perform tasks. Using a hybrid 3D printing method, researchers at Harvard […]

Urbana-Champaign origami worms fused by 3D printing

Scientists at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have once again turned to nature and designed a “bio-inspired” crawling robot by combining 3D printing technology with origami, electronics and the physics of the natural world. The non-identical twin Robots, Poly and Peri, are powered by a mains circuit and by battery power respectively, but they both […]