Category Archives: Research

University of Pittsburgh and General Carbide receive $57K to accelerate 3D printing using Tungsten carbide

The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and General Carbide, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of compound metals, have received a $57,529 grant to research the use of tungsten carbide in additive manufacturing. This grant was financed from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the first round of the PA […]

Nanyang Technological University reviews use of carbon nanotubes in 3D printing

Researchers from the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nanyang Technological University have published a review summarising research on carbon nanotubes (CNT) and their use in 3D printing. The research paper titled, Directed and On-Demand Alignment of Carbon Nanotube: A Review toward 3D Printing of Electronics, categorizes the alignment methods of carbon […]

Nanyang Technological University reviews use of carbon nanotubes in 3D printing

Researchers from the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nanyang Technological University have published a review summarising research on carbon nanotubes (CNT) and their use in 3D printing. The research paper titled, Directed and On-Demand Alignment of Carbon Nanotube: A Review toward 3D Printing of Electronics, categorizes the alignment methods of carbon […]

The best way of collecting water in the desert: 3D printed beetles, cacti or grass?

Water, the most vital human need, is in scarce supply for more than 40% of the global population. In the desert, of course, we couldn’t survive without it. However, many other living creatures do. Through bioinspired design researchers at Ohio State University have 3D printed objects capable of extracting water from air. By scaling-up these […]

Catalonia researchers 3D bioprint muscle for soft robotics

A team of scientists from the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) has used 3D bioprinting to fabricate muscles for applications in soft robotics. Samuel Sanchez, a co-author of the research and professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies, said, “Bio-inspired soft robotics is an exciting new discipline, as it may help us […]

University of Coimbra and SINTEF develop 6-axis metal 3D printer

Researchers from Portugal’s Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) and the Norwegian independent research organization SINTEF have developed a large-scale robotic metal 3D printing system with 6 axes of movement. According to the FCTUC, the 3D printer can produce metal parts from all angles, allowing flexibility and double the performance […]

3D printing at the core of KCL electricity generating bricks

A team of researchers at King’s College London (KCL) have discovered how to make house bricks capable of generating their own electricity. Completed by a 3D printed core, the blocks require no recharging and could generate power for an indefinite period of time. The team behind the bricks believe they could have a significant impact on […]

MIT presents the G3DP2 platform – a first for architectural scale 3D printed glass

In 2017, Milan Design Week hosted a set of 3 meter tall glass columns made using 3D printing. The product of the latest fabrication experiment of the Mediated Matter Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) these relatively large structures demonstrated the architectural potential of an ancient material combined with cutting edge technology. Now, in the […]

NASA JPL expresses interest in UK-made THREAD hybrid 3D printing process

Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are set to contribute to the development of a hybrid 3D printing technology from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, UK. Known as THREAD, this method is capable of adding fibrous electrical, optical and structural elements, or “threads,” to the inside of plastic/polymer components. It has been […]

Desktop 3D printed PLA proven to help researchers in pursuit of cancer cure

A desktop FFF 3D printer has been applied to cancer researcher at the University of Girona, Spain. Challenged with finding suitable treatments for triple negative breast cancer in this latest research, scientists have proven that PLA is a suitable material for hosting cancer cells cultures. This in turn opens up the relatively niche means of studying […]