3D Printing Research

Penn State Researchers Make 3D Printing More Efficient with Five-Axis Fabrication

When you 3D print objects that have overhangs, supports are traditionally added to the print before the build begins, because the overhangs are not supported by anything below and your…

Cellink Subsidiary Cytena to Launch “World Changing” Single-Cell Technology

Even amid a world-halting pandemic that had companies across the world struggling to survive, leading bioprinting manufacturer Cellink has thrived thanks to its new high-profile product launches, successful acquisitions, and…

Through a Glass Clearly: 3D Printing Glass with Lasers and Clear Silica Resin

3D printing glass is a pretty tricky feat, mainly because it’s hard to maintain the material’s mechanical properties at its very high melting point. But a trio of researchers from…

Light-Responsive 3D Printed Smart Gels Replicate Octopus Camouflage

Rutgers University engineers have created a 3D printed smart gel that changes shape when exposed to light, becoming an “artificial muscle.” The material may lead to some exciting research for…

Circular Economy Under-explored in 3D Printing, Say Researchers

Researchers from UNIDEMI at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal took note of the fact that, while 3D printing could serve as a key technology in a circular economy,…

Soft, Sensitive Robotic Gripping Fingers Made with Multi-material 3D Printing

Soft grippers enable robots to manipulate delicate objects, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re safe to use around living organisms, such as elderly people, so researchers continue working to…

Morphing 3D Printer Nozzle Developed for Carbon Fiber 3D Printing

Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have developed a shape-changing 3D printer nozzle meant to tackle a particular method for 3D printing fiber composites. The nozzle is able to…

New Process Directly Integrates Liquids into Materials During 3D Printing

If you thought 3D printing with hard materials, like plastic, could be hard, wait until you’ve tried 3D printing with liquids, which sounds like it’s even more difficult. A pair…

Fungus in Your Ears: Fraunhofer 3D Prints Mycelium as Sound Absorber

We’re in an urgent need of shifting not just our energy sources from fossil fuels to renewables, but in replacing the source of our plastics from petroleum to biopolymers. Much…

3D Printing News Briefs, January 6, 2021: LLNL, CADENAS & FreeCAD, Print ‘N Play

In this edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with research and moving on to software, and then ending with a fun story about a cool DIY print. LLNL…

NIST Awards $4M to Four Institutions for Metal 3D Printing Research

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency that promotes innovation and industrial competitiveness across the country, has awarded close to $4 million…

Analytical Melt Pool Model Developed for LPBF Metal 3D Printing

The physics that occur within metal laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) systems are complex, comprised of numerous variables. Many of those variables have an effect on the melt pool, where…

Metal 3D Printing Roughness Reduced by 80% Using Dual Laser Technique

Lars Vanmunster, a student at KU Leuven, has developed a process for refining the surface finish of metal parts 3D printed using laser powder bed fusion (LPBF). The technique relies…

Glasgow Design Students 3D Print Final Year Projects and the Results Are Beautiful

3D printing has become an ideal learning tool that opens up new possibilities, helps students develop new, creative thinking, and prepares them for life and work in the digital age….

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Redwire Successfully 3D Prints Ceramic Turbine Part in Orbit

Manufacturing turbine parts with additive manufacturing (AM) technology has helped accelerate product development, creating very complex and intricate part geometries without the need for any tooling. Aerospace companies have been…

FRESH-Bioprinted Lifelike Heart Model Could Help Surgical Training and Simulation

After two years of research, bioprinting expert Adam Feinberg and his team created the first full-size model of an adult human heart using their Freeform Reversible Embedding of Suspended Hydrogels…

Biodigital Architecture: FELIXprinters and iBAG-UIC to Test Living Biomaterials for Sustainable Architecture

Focused on bringing together biological and digital technologies to transform architecture, the Institute for BioDigital Architecture and Genetics at the International University of Catalonia (iBAG-UIC) in Barcelona, has announced a…

ESA Award: Dawn Aerospace to Develop Novel 3D Printed Combustion Chambers

Space launch provider Dawn Aerospace announced it had received €385,000 to develop an additively manufactured combustion chamber for high performance and high combustion pressure rocket engines. The company said the…

Dimension Inx Raises a $3.2M to Develop FDA-approved 3D Printed Tissue Implants

Chicago-based biofabrication startup Dimension Inx has raised $3.175 million to close its series seed financing round led by leading early-stage science venture firm KdT Ventures, oversubscribing its seed round. The…

Argonne National Lab Tests Weather Stations with Low-Cost Sensors and 3D Printed Components

For two years right out of college, I worked as an associate producer at a local CBS affiliate, and spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of…

Breakthrough in 3D Printing Graphene Self-powered Sensors for Smart Tires

Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a breakthrough method to integrate self-powered, wireless strain sensors into smart tires using 3D printing and graphene. Their work was recently published in Nature,…

How Sustainable is Metal 3D Printing? AMGTA’s First Report Says “It Depends”

Two months after commissioning the first research project on the environmental sustainability of metal 3D printing, the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA), a global trade group created to foster…

Copper3D’s Antimicrobial Materials for 3D Printing Reduce Viral Load of Coronavirus

For the last two years, Chilean-North American startup Copper3D has been hacking 3D printing materials by giving them antimicrobial properties to help avoid infections and save lives on a global…