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Aluminum on the way to titanium strength

Aluminum on the way to titanium strength

Oct 17, 2018 Russia
Scientists have proposed a technology that can double the strength of composites obtained by 3D printing from aluminum powder, and advance the characteristics of these products to the quality of titanium alloys: titanium's strength is about six times higher than that of aluminum, but the density of titanium is 1.7 times higher.
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Novel process to 3D print graphene

Novel process to 3D print graphene

Aug 31, 2018 United States
Researchers have developed a novel way to 3D print complex objects of one of the highest-performing materials used in the battery and aerospace industries.
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IDTechEx TVWater bottles and other recycled 3D printing materials

Water bottles and other recycled 3D printing materials

Aug 27, 2018 United States
Soldiers on the battlefield or at remote bases often have to wait weeks for vital replacement parts. Now scientists report they have found a way to fabricate many of these parts within hours under combat conditions using water bottles, cardboard and other recyclable materials.
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End-to-end metal additive manufacturing

End-to-end metal additive manufacturing

Aug 24, 2018 United States
Velo3D announced the general release of its end-to-end metal additive manufacturing solution that solves some of the most difficult additive manufacturing challenges including product design limitations, part-to-part consistency, process control and cost-effective manufacturing.
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3D inks that can be erased selectively

3D inks that can be erased selectively

Aug 15, 2018 Germany
3D printing by direct laser writing enables production of micro-meter-sized structures for many applications, from biomedicine to microelectronics to optical metamaterials. Researchers have now developed 3D inks that can be erased selectively.
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IDTechEx TVMagnetic 3-D-printed structures crawl, roll, jump, and play catch

Magnetic 3-D-printed structures crawl, roll, jump, and play catch

Jul 2, 2018 United States
New printing technique could be used to develop remotely controlled biomedical devices.
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Project developing innovative materials for additive manufacturing

Project developing innovative materials for additive manufacturing

Jun 14, 2018 Netherlands
Brightlands Materials Center and partners DSM, Xilloc Medical, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Maastricht and NWO have started a unique four years project to progress new polymeric materials for use in additive manufacturing and 4D printing.
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One-step, 3D printing for multimaterial projects

One-step, 3D printing for multimaterial projects

Jun 13, 2018 United States
Similar to the advance from black and white to color printing, a research team for the first time has used 3D printing technology in a one-step process to print structures made of two different materials.
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Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

Jun 11, 2018 Singapore
Cellulose is one of the most abundant and broadly distributed organic compound and industrial by-product on Earth. Yet, despite decades of extensive research, the bottom-up use of cellulose to fabricate 3D objects is still plagued with problems that restrict its practical applications: derivatives with vast polluting effects, used in combination with plastics, lack of scalability and high production cost.
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Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Jun 5, 2018 Singapore
Hydrogels, hydrophilic networks of polymeric chains capable of retaining a large amount of water, have been widely used in a variety of applications. Recent advances in highly stretchable hydrogels have extended their applications into the fields of soft robotics, transparent touch panels and other applications requiring large deformation.
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IDTechEx TV3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

May 21, 2018 United States
Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation 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 lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.