4D Printing in China: Shape Memory Polymers and Continuous Carbon Fiber

Researchers have been looking further into the benefits of shape memory polymers (SMPs) with the addition of raw materials in the form of continuous carbon fiber (CCF). Authors Xinxin Shen,…

Desktop FDM 3D Printed Shape Memory Polymers Create QR Codes

In the recently published ‘Additive Manufacturing of Information Carriers Based on Shape Memory Polyester Urethane,’ Dilip Chalissery, Thorsten Pretsch, Sarah Staub, and Heiko Andrä explored more in the 4D printing…

4D Printed Shape Memory Polymers Given Better Performance & Recyclability

Authors Ang Li, Adithya Challapalli, and Guoqiang Li explore a trend that continues to grow: 4D printing. Their findings are explained in the recently published “4D Printing of Recyclable Lightweight…

Poietis: Bioprinting With Their Innovative Laser-Assisted Technology

In 2014, French startup Poietis developed a unique technology for the bioprinting of living tissue. Unlike conventional approaches to tissue engineering or extrusion bioprinting, their promising 4D laser-assisted system allows cells…

Kyushu University: 4D Printing Magnetic Soft Actuators

Japanese researchers from Kyushu University have created a 4D printer for magnetic soft actuators, outlining their research in the recently published paper ‘Bio-Mimic Motion of 3D-Printed Gel Structures Dispersed with…

3D & 4D DLP Printing with Functionally Graded Materials

In ‘Grayscale digital light processing 3D printing for highly functionally graded materials,’ Chinese researchers make it clear that 3D printing has a long way to go for producing excellence in…

Penn State: 4D Printing with Wood Composites for Architectural Applications

In ‘Designing for Shape Change: A Case study on 3D Printing Composite Materials for Responsive Architectures,’ Elena Vazquez, Benay Gursoy, and Jose Duarte present details on customizing parts to optimize…

Indonesian Researchers 4D Print Spacers for Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MI-TLIF)

Researchers at Universitas Indonesia are investigating the potential of 4D printed spacers for spinal surgeries, outlining their recent, published findings in ‘Modelling the shape memory properties of 4D printed polylactic…

Interview with Ross Stevens on How He Uses 3D Printing to Go Beyond the Surface of Things

With indisputable expertise in digital filmmaking, New Zealand is leading the way into some of the most evolved new techniques in 3D printing. One place, in particular, is pushing the…

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