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Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing

Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing

Apr 10, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed a smart ink that turns 3D-printed structures into objects that can change shape and color. The innovation promises to add even more functionality to 3D printing and could pave the way to a new generation of printed material.
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Scientists successfully print glass optics

Scientists successfully print glass optics

Apr 4, 2018 United States
For the first time, researchers have successfully 3D-printed optical-quality glasses, on par with commercial glass products currently available on the market.
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Scientists print all-liquid 3-D structures

Scientists print all-liquid 3-D structures

Apr 2, 2018 United States
Scientists have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids. Using a modified 3-D printer, they injected threads of water into silicone oil — sculpting tubes made of one liquid within another liquid.
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3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys

3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys

Mar 26, 2018 United States
Researchers have now demonstrated the ability to create amorphous metal, or metallic glass, alloys using three-dimensional printing technology, opening the door to a variety of applications - such as more efficient electric motors, better wear-resistant materials, higher strength materials, and lighter weight structures.
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3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, robotics

3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, robotics

Mar 13, 2018 United States
Researchers have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.
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Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials

Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials

Mar 7, 2018 Australia
Minister Pyne said additive manufacturing or 3-D printing of energetic materials such as explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics has the potential to transform their performance and also offer significant logistical and cost benefits in their manufacture.
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Lightweight syntactic foams could help submarines dive deeper

Lightweight syntactic foams could help submarines dive deeper

Feb 12, 2018 United States
A team of materials scientists has developed the first process to 3D print components of syntactic foam — extremely strong and lightweight composites used in vehicles, airplanes, and ships.
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Engineers 3D print shape-shifting smart gel

Engineers 3D print shape-shifting smart gel

Feb 2, 2018 United States
Engineers have invented a "4D printing" method for a smart gel that could lead to the development of "living" structures in human organs and tissues, soft robots and targeted drug delivery.
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Bugatti 3D prints world's largest functional titanium car component

Bugatti 3D prints world's largest functional titanium car component

Jan 26, 2018 France
For the first time, the Bugatti developers have succeeded in designing a brake caliper that can be produced by 3-D printing. But that is by no means all. While the main material used for the additive production of vehicle components to date has been aluminium, the new brake caliper is made from titanium.
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Rotational 3D printing technique yields high-performance composites

Rotational 3D printing technique yields high-performance composites

Jan 24, 2018 United States
Nature has produced exquisite composite materials—wood, bone, teeth, and shells, for example—that combine light weight and density with desirable mechanical properties such as stiffness, strength and damage tolerance.
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Partnership to develop and distribute Scalmalloy

Partnership to develop and distribute Scalmalloy

Nov 27, 2017 Germany
TOYAL will produce the patented aluminium alloy Scalmalloy® on the company's know-how and is focussed on potential further developments in the composition of the alloy or in relation to an optimized production process.