Category Archives: metamaterials

Rutgers 4D printing makes shapeshifting, drug delivering, soft robots

4D printing is method of 3D printing that allows an object to transform. In many cases, 4D printing has been used as a kind of “origami effect” where a flat, 3D printed net is tuned to fold into a three-dimensional object, such as a tulip. If scaled-up, the method could even make way for self-making flat […]

TU Delft’s 3D printed metamaterial hip puts a spring in the step

Metamaterials are materials engineered with properties that allow them to behave outside, or “beyond”, their nature. They come in many different forms with varying capabilities, including electric and sonic manipulation, or the way they deform under pressure, i.e. auxetic metamaterials. At Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), a team led by Professor Amir Zadpoor has […]

UNH develops 3D printable metamaterial for camouflage and drug delivery

A weaving chain of interlocking shapes demonstrates a new material design that has the potential to create smarter medical and electronic devices. Created by researchers at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) the material, when activated, works as a mechanism to transform appearance in a way similar to cephalopod camouflage. A working prototype of the […]

MIT CSAIL optomizes multimaterial 3D printing by the voxel

Most objects that perform a function in our daily lives are made from more than one material. As such, uncovering a code to crack multimaterial capabilities is one of the core pursuits in cutting-edge 3D printing technology. On the side of hardware, manufacturers have developed dual-nozzle extrusion, interchangeable printheads, and material jetting systems to effectively […]

Imperial College London introduces multimaterial 3D printer for alloys, elastomers and resin

Research led by Professor Paul Curtis of Imperial College London and the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, presents a 3D printer configured for multimaterial fabrication. The …

3D printing puts theoretical mathematics into practice to produce hyperelastic metamaterials

Researchers in Italy and Poland demonstrate a mathematical approach to predicting the structure of 3D printed elastic structures. By practically realizing elastic theory, the study …

3D printing puts theoretical mathematics into practice to produce hyperelastic metamaterials

Researchers in Italy and Poland demonstrate a mathematical approach to predicting the structure of 3D printed elastic structures. By practically realizing elastic theory, the study …