3d printing materials science

UCSD Researchers 3D Print Shape-Shifting Liquid Crystal Elastomers

A team of materials science and engineering researchers from UC San Diego (UCSD) closely studied the qualities of liquid crystal elastomers, or LCEs, in order to figure out how to…

Cationic Polymerization of Epoxy-Silicones with Coumarin Systems for 3D Printing

Researchers from France and Lebanon performed a unique study into materials science for 3D printing recently, publishing the details in ‘Coumarins as Powerful Photosensitizers for the Cationic Polymerization of Epoxy-Silicones…

Equispheres Receives $8 Million from SDTC to Scale Metal 3D Printing Powder Production

Canadian materials science company Equispheres has just announced that it’s received support, and $8 million in funding, from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), which it will use to help scale its…

Metal 3D Printing in Germany: Exploring Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)

In the recently published ‘Plasma Multiwire Technology with Alternating Wire Feed for Tailor-Made Material Properties in Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing,’ authors Uwe Reisgen, Rahul Sharma, and Lukas Oster (all from…

3D Printed Flax Fiber Biocomposites Show Potential in Structural Applications

In ‘3D printing of continuous flax fiber reinforced biocomposites for structural applications,’ authors A Le Duigou, A. Barbé, E. Guillou, and M. Castro examine recent, increased interest in using natural…

US Army Research Lab Scientists Creating Atomic-Level 3D Reconstructions of Specimens

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is responsible for plenty of innovative 3D printing research over the years, such as 3D printing drones and working with recycled 3D printing material. Now, material…

$3 Million Awarded to Collaborative Metal 3D Printing Research Team

A lot of effort has been going into determining the cause of flaws and defects in metal 3D printing, which can lead to weaknesses like spattering and micro cracking in…

Military Investigates Invertebrates as Model for 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

The octopus is an amazing creature. While most invertebrates are known for their ability to writhe helplessly on a sidewalk after a rainstorm, go squish when accidentally stepped on, or…

EBM 3D Printing Process Used to Process a Steel Alloy with High Damage Tolerance

While the adoption and development of metal 3D printing continues to grow, so too does research into different types of metals that can be 3D printed, including steel. The aerospace and…

Researchers Turn to 3D Printing to Turn Mathematical Theory into Strong, Lightweight Materials

We’ve seen math and 3D printing technology combined before, whether it’s designing and 3D printing a math-inspired dress or high-tech sculpture, helping young students understand fundamental and complex mathematics, creating three-dimensional…

3D Printing Used to Create Supercapacitor Wristband for a Wearable Charge

It’s safe to say that a lot of people these days rely on their smartphones for all sorts of reasons – from communication to scheduling, and everything in between (sometimes…

3D Printed Photoresponsive Sunflower Could Have Applications in Soft Robotics and Biomedical Devices

It’s no secret that receiving flowers from someone can brighten your day – it’s nice to know that the other person is thinking of you, most flowers have a lovely…

3D Printing Teaches High School Students About Materials Science in a Hands-On Way

One of the great things (among many) about 3D printing is that not only is it an important skill in itself, it’s also a valuable tool for learning about other…

New 3D Printing Technology Enhances Performance of Patterned Polymer Membranes

Ion exchange membranes, which are flat sheet-like materials that transport dissolved ions across a conductive polymeric membrane, are utilized in variety of energy applications. Used in fuel cells, particular batteries,…

Airbus Files Patent for 3D Printing Process That Could Print Entire Super-Strong Airplanes

Realistically, it isn’t 3D printing technology that will change the way products are manufactured, but rather it will be advancements in materials science. There are already more than a half…