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3D Printing Progress
Jun 11, 2018
Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

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.
3D Printing Progress
Jun 5, 2018
Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

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.
3D Printing Progress
May 21, 2018
3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

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.
3D Printing Progress
May 15, 2018
Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

Soft robotics mimic living organisms and adapt to their surroundings. Increased flexibility and adaptability for accomplishing tasks as well as improved safety when working around humans, stimulate the use in food industry, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.
3D Printing Progress
Apr 10, 2018
Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing

Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing

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.
3D Printing Progress
Apr 4, 2018
Scientists successfully print glass optics

Scientists successfully print glass optics

For the first time, researchers have successfully 3D-printed optical-quality glasses, on par with commercial glass products currently available on the market.
3D Printing Progress
Apr 2, 2018
Scientists print all-liquid 3-D structures

Scientists print all-liquid 3-D structures

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.
3D Printing Progress
Mar 26, 2018
3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys

3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys

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.
3D Printing Progress
Mar 13, 2018
3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, robotics

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

Researchers have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.
3D Printing Progress
Mar 7, 2018
Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials

Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials

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.
3D Printing Progress
Jun 11, 2018
Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

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.
3D Printing Progress
May 21, 2018
3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

3D-printed smart gel walks underwater, moves objects

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.
3D Printing Progress
Apr 10, 2018
Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing

Smart ink adds new dimensions to 3-D printing

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.
3D Printing Progress
Apr 2, 2018
Scientists print all-liquid 3-D structures

Scientists print all-liquid 3-D structures

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.
3D Printing Progress
Mar 13, 2018
3D-printable alloy shows promise for flexible electronics, robotics

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

Researchers have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.
3D Printing Progress
Jun 5, 2018
Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

Stretchable hydrogels for high resolution multimaterial 3D printing

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.
3D Printing Progress
May 15, 2018
Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

Silicone 3D printing for soft robotic grippers

Soft robotics mimic living organisms and adapt to their surroundings. Increased flexibility and adaptability for accomplishing tasks as well as improved safety when working around humans, stimulate the use in food industry, advanced manufacturing and e-commerce.
3D Printing Progress
Apr 4, 2018
Scientists successfully print glass optics

Scientists successfully print glass optics

For the first time, researchers have successfully 3D-printed optical-quality glasses, on par with commercial glass products currently available on the market.
3D Printing Progress
Mar 26, 2018
3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys

3-D printing to create metallic glass alloys

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.
3D Printing Progress
Mar 7, 2018
Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials

Research partnership to advance 3-D printing of energetic materials

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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