Category Archives: 3D Printing Applications

Researchers create 3D printed smart hydrogel that walks underwater, moves objects

Rutgers University–New Brunswick engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery 3D-printed smart gel could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also be used to make artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.

CMU researchers design EGO method to optimize soft material 3D printing

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering have developed a novel approach to optimizing soft material 3D printing. The researchers’ Expert-Guided Optimization (EGO) method uses an optimization algorithm that efficiently searches combinations of parameters relevant for 3D printing, enabling high-fidelity soft material products to be printed.