3d printing research

Futuristic 3D Printing with HelixJet Plasma Manufacturing Process

While 3D printing takes many different forms these days, researchers from the UK and Germany are exploring a new angle with the HelixJet, a capacitively coupled radio frequency plasma with…

Carnegie Mellon: Optimizing Soft Materials 3D Printing With Machine Learning

While 3D printing soft materials, such as silicone or proteins, offers many advantages, it also introduces many new and complicated variables to consider when creating a new part. The existing…

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,…

3D Printed Wireless Biosystems for Monitoring Cerebral Aneurysms in Real Time

Continuing to further the progress between 3D printing and electronics within the medical field, authors Robert Herbert, Saswat Mishra, Hyo-Ryoung Lim, Hyoungsuk Yoo, and Woon-Hong Yeo explore a new method…

Feasibility Models to Determine Efficacy of 3D Printing Over Traditional Methods

In ‘Model for Evaluating Additive Manufacturing Feasibility in End-Use Production,’ authors Matt Ahtiluoto, Asko Uolevi Ellman, and Eric Coatenea encourage the idea of exploring 3D printing for designs first, comparing…

Refining Macro and Microscopic Topology Optimization for AM Processes

Researchers from Italy and Germany continue along the path so many are following in refining and perfecting 3D printing processes. In the recently published ‘Structural multiscale topology optimization with stress…

Auburn University Engineers Inspecting & Monitoring Parts with New CT System

The Auburn Center for Additive Manufacturing, founded in 2015, received another boost recently with the addition of a customized digital radiology vault and specialized additive manufacturing systems, all created by…

3D Printing Service Bureaus: Refining Pricing Systems with More Progressive Cost Analytics

Deepak Pahwa and Binil Starly provide cost analytics for 3D printing services bureaus in their recently published paper, ‘Network Based Pricing for 3D Printing Services in Two-Sided Manufacturing-as-a-Service Marketplace.’ Taking…

Germany: Manufacturing Membranes with 3D Printed Spinnerets for Critical Applications

‘3D printed rotating spinnerets create membranes with a twist,’ authored by Tobias Luelf, Deniz Rall, Tim Femmer, Christian Bremer, and Matthias Wessling, explores how progressive technology can be used to…

Shrinking Photonic Crystals Allow International Researchers to 3D Print in Microscopic Color  

In ‘Structural Color 3D Printing By Shrinking Photonic Crystals,’ international researchers explain that while inspiration may arise from nature, in displays of photonic crystals offering colorful patterns on everything from…

3D Startup Africa: Interview with Hein Moller from TiziriTech

Hein Moller is the director of TiziriTech, a South Africa-based company that offers Advanced Manufacturing consulting services. The main focus of service includes Additive Manufacturing training, the supply of titanium…

University of Auckland: Eliminating Waste in AM Processes with Less Support Material

In ‘Optimization of process planning for reducing material waste in extrusion based additive manufacturing,’ researchers from the University of Auckland look into improved ways for avoiding post processing waste in…

Experiments with Graphene-Reinforced Nanocomposites in DLP 3D Printing

In ‘Fabrication of Graphene-Reinforced Nanocomposites with Improved Fracture Toughness in Net Shape for Complex 3D Structures via Digital Light Processing,’ authored by Chinese and UK authors, the question remains as…

Researchers Strive to Improve 3D Printing Parameters for Foodies

The potential for 3D printed food and associated hardware, software, and materials is vast—causing researchers from China and Australia to look further into the merits of the technology and more…

Florida Atlantic University: 3D Printing Flexible Self-Expanding Stents for Esophageal Cancer Patients

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University are exploring new ways to make stents for patients undergoing palliation therapy due to dysphagia, a condition that makes it difficult to swallow—especially individuals suffering…

What is the Future of 3D Printed Solar Panels?

The solar industry in the United States is booming. In the last 10 years, the industry has grown by more than 50% a year, employing more than 240,000 Americans. In…

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…

China: 3D Printing Customized Meshes for Separating Oil and Water

Researchers from China are trying to refine mesh fabrication for exercises such as separating oil from water, with their recent findings published in ‘3D Printing of an Oil/Water Mixture Separator…

Portugal: Consortium Led By Adira Aims to do SLM 3D Printing With One Cubic Meter Build Volumes

Industrial manufacturers continue the push to integrate SLM processes into large scale projects, especially in 3D printing and additive manufacturing with metal; in fact, they are so serious about this…

India: Improving FDM 3D Printing Through Process Parameter Optimization

In ‘Process Parameter Optimization for FDM 3D Printer,’ researchers from India discuss varying ways to improve popular fabrication processes, exploring basic parameter settings like density, layer height, and shell thickness—and…

Civil Engineering Applications: Researchers 3D Print Packaging for Fiber Optic Sensors

In a bustling world full of ever-expanding technology, there is much going on behind the scenes, in the air, and underground, that we don’t even think about. Fiber optics are…

How 3D Printing Is Increasing Access to Clean Water

The introduction of 3D printing has transformed the manufacturing process, and, by extension, the water industry. These changes are easier to understand within the context of the manufacturing process itself,…

New Multimaterial SLA 3D Printing Method: Skipping the Liquid Bath with Aerosol Jet Printing

While SLA 3D printing is extremely popular among many different types of users today, there are drawbacks in post processing, as users are forced to take a more laborious step…

Japan: Researchers Vary Infill Patterns to Test Deterioration of 3D Printed PLA Structures

PLA is often the material of choice for users engaged in fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing. Known for its environmentally-friendly features, the material is the most popular desktop 3D…