Refining Actuation Systems for Greater Functionality via Topology Optimization & 3D Printing

The recently published ‘Topology optimization and 3D printing of multimaterial magnetic actuators and displays’ opens up the topic of refining actuation systems for greater functionality, as they will progressively be…

MIT: Automated System Designs and 3D Prints Optimized Actuators and Displays to Spec

Actuators are complex devices that mechanically control robotic systems in response to electrical signals received. Depending on the specific application they’re used for, today’s robotic actuators have to be optimized…

TU Delft: 3D Printing Soft Mechanical Materials for Ultra-Programmable Robotics

TU Delft scientists continue to delve into 3D printing research, recently developing advanced robotics in the form of highly programmable—and soft—actuators. Fabricated with both hard and soft materials, the actuators…

Researchers Use Shape Memory Polymers to Increase Stiffness of 3D Printed Soft Actuators

While soft robots are very flexible, and adaptive to more complex environments, they aren’t great at completing tasks with a high load capacity due to the low stiffness of constituent…

3D Printed Origami Device Safely Traps Soft-Bodied Sea Creatures for Study

Many 3D printing applications and innovations, like self-folding objects, robots, and face masks, have been inspired by the Japanese paper folding art of origami. Now, a collaborative group of scientists…

TU Delft Examines Innovative 3D Printable Metamaterials with Applications in Soft Robotics

A group of materials scientists from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have been working on a project that introduces the interesting concept of 3D printable “action-at-a-distance” metamaterials, which…

UC San Diego Researchers’ Soft Robot Can Walk Over Rough Terrain with Four 3D Printed Legs

We’ve seen some pretty fascinating 3D printing research in the medical field out of the University of California San Diego over the last couple of years, like a 3D printed…

First 3D Printed Primary Flight Control Hydraulic Component Flies the Friendly Skies on an Airbus A380 Aircraft

More and more, we are hearing about how 3D printing technology is being used to manufacture parts and components for aircraft. Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS 3D printed a spoiler actuator valve…

3D Meets 2D at HP as Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing System Is Used to Manufacture New Parts for HP’s 2D Inkjet Printers

HP has been making major waves through its entrance into the 3D printing market, between laying off thousands of employees in 2015, unveiling its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing system last year, and closing a…

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