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DEFCON: Fooling Biometric Sensors Using 3D Printed Fake Fingerprints

Like most biometric identification systems, fingerprint locks provide adequate protection from malicious attacks, but they can be fooled by criminals to gain access to personal data hidden behind the fingerprint…

Argonne Researchers Develop Defect Detection and Prevention for Metal 3D Printing

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have found a novel way to identify and prevent defects in metal parts using surface temperatures in laser powder bed fusion. Published in May in…

School Guide to Offset the Invisible Threat in Fused Filament 3D Printing

School classrooms are ideally positioned to make the most of 3D printing technology, benefiting students by giving them new learning possibilities and encouraging creativity and innovation. However, it can also…

Michigan Tech Develops Open Source Smart Vision for 3D Printing Quality Control

Monitoring and quality control systems are becoming more widespread in additive manufacturing as a means of ensuring repeatability and aiming for first-time-right parts. A greater need for quality control are…

Consortium Studies Use of Automotive Electronics & 3D Printing Satellite Parts

German researchers associated with the Integrated Research Platform for Affordable Satellites project are looking for new ways to produce satellites, releasing the details of a recently published study in “Production…

Columbia Researchers Develop Multi-Material SLS 3D Printer without Powder Bed

Printing a part that is made of multiple materials has been possible with fused deposition modeling and inkjet 3D printing technologies, though not so much with selective laser sintering (SLS),…

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Critical Nuclear Fuel Production Unit 3D Printed for Commercial Nuclear Fusion

Scientists from China’s Shenzhen University have explored a new technique using additive manufacturing to optimize the “heart” of a nuclear fusion reactor, its tritium production unit. In research, military and…

Tiny Imaging Scope with 3D Printed Lens Can Scan Inside Blood Vessels

According to Dr. Jiawen Li, Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) with the University of Adelaide, one person every 19 minutes in the…

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3D Printed Vegan Salmon to Be Commercialized with Help of FELIXprinters

Plant-based seafood startup Legendary Vish is commercializing 3D printed vegan salmon filets with the goal of providing a healthier and tastier alternative to existing fish substitutes. The company will be…

TOffeeAM raises £1 million for AI Topology Optimization Tool for 3D Printing

TOffeeAM, launched from Imperial College’s Techcelerate program, recently secured £1 million in seed funding. The funding was primarily led by IQ Capital, together with Entrepreneur First, the Royal Academy of…

Open Source Grinding Machine Cuts Cost of Pellet 3D Printing

In pursuing the Distributed Recycling and Additive Manufacturing (DRAM) approach to open-source hardware development, a significant challenge lies in addressing the high cost of the compression screw component for alternative…

MULTI-FUN Consortium Aims to Improve Metal 3D Printing

As the focus continues to shine on metal additive manufacturing (MAM), 21 partners are coming together from eight countries (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Portugal and Belgium) in…

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NASA Funds 3D Printing Projects for Upcoming Era of Space Exploration

Driven by Moon exploration, space tourism, spacecraft manufacturing, and orbital infrastructure, space agencies and private companies worldwide have developed ambitious plans for the future of spaceflight. This heightened interest in…

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Segway Inventor Hopes to Mass Produce Human Tissues and Organs

With more than 440 patents under his belt, American engineer and inventor Dean Kamen has been searching for technological solutions to medical and social welfare dilemmas since he was a…

Montana State University Achieves Low-Cost Microfluidics Sensor with 3D Printing

I had the pleasure of touring Montana State University last year around Thanksgiving, as my son was accepted there. The geography is breathtaking (Montana, not surprising) and so was the…

Ramaco Carbon and ORNL Explore Coal-Based Materials

Once common in the industrial, transportation, residential, and commercial sectors, coal in the United States has mainly been used to generate electricity for the last forty years. But with demand…

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Argonne Scientist Talks Recycling Nuclear Fuel with 3D Printing

In 1989, during a hearing before the United States Subcommittee on Transportation and Hazardous Materials, a woman by the name of Millie Smith disclosed that she was one of 20,000…

3D Printing Liquid Crystal Elastomers to Mimic Human Tissue

Biological tissues are amazing materials. Over the years, our biological tissues mature and change so they can provide exactly what’s needed for their individual function, like how elastic cartilage can…

3D Printing a Smart Pillbox with Neural Network Image Recognition

Hospital pharmacists have their hands full, as they have to handle a wide variety of medications. They need to keep the medicine safe, and no matter how hard we may…

Rice University Researchers Develop a New 4D Printing Method to Create Shapeshifting Materials

Researchers at Rice University‘s Brown School of Engineering created a new method to 3D print objects that can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in…

Improved 3D Printing: Near-Convex Decomposition & Layering

Researchers İlke Demir, Daniel G. Aliaga, and Bedrich Benes tackle one of the most popular topics in 3D printing today: optimization. While the many benefits of digital fabrication are oft…

University of Pittsburgh Uses 3D Printing to Create Microneedle Arrays for Vaccination

Many companies have been working on alternatives to needle-based drug and vaccine delivery as well as for minimally invasive patient testing. One extensively investigated alternative in recent decades has been…

University of Auckland: Growth-Induced Bending of 3D Printed Samples Based on PET-RAFT Polymerization

4D printed objects are 3D printed objects made with smart materials that respond to environmental stimuli, like liquid and heat, or return to an original form after deformation. Researchers from…

Spain: Influences of Parameters & Post-Processing on Conductive 3D Printed Parts

Researchers in Spain explore complexities of parameters in digital fabrication, and properties in materials and parts, releasing their findings in ‘Influence of Manufacturing Parameters and Post Processing on the Electrical…