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Valentines Special! Researchers in India Explore 3D Printing Heart Valves

Valentines Special! Researchers in India Explore 3D Printing Heart Valves

The heart is central to keeping you alive, pumping blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body—and eliminating waste too. Disease of this central organ is also one of the leading causes of deaths in humans, with coronary heart disease most common. Hundreds of thousands of individuals die each year from heart-related issues, and over 700,000 […]

The heart is central to keeping you alive, pumping blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body—and eliminating waste too. Disease of this central organ is also one of the leading causes of deaths in humans, with coronary heart disease most common. Hundreds of...
UV Assisted Direct Ink Writing of 3D Printed and “4D Printed” Shape Memory Epoxy Parts

UV Assisted Direct Ink Writing of 3D Printed and “4D Printed” Shape Memory Epoxy Parts

The magic of 3D printing has touched most of us in some way by now, as schools in many countries are establishing programs, libraries offer makerspaces for patrons, and designers like architects show us their often bold new 3D printed works made possible by accessible new technology. Some researchers, designers, and engineers not only envision […]

The magic of 3D printing has touched most of us in some way by now, as schools in many countries are establishing programs, libraries offer makerspaces for patrons, and designers like architects show us their often bold new 3D printed works made possible by accessible...
Portuguese Researchers Review Potential of 4D Bioprinting in Regenerative Medicine

Portuguese Researchers Review Potential of 4D Bioprinting in Regenerative Medicine

3D printing has been progressing rapid-speed over the past few years, with numerous forays to the next level into 4D printing, whether in serious world-changing endeavors or those that are creative and sometimes even whimsical, such as fashion. Now, researchers see that 4D advancements in bioprinting may trickle down to doctor’s offices too. Authors Pedro […]

3D printing has been progressing rapid-speed over the past few years, with numerous forays to the next level into 4D printing, whether in serious world-changing endeavors or those that are creative and sometimes even whimsical, such as fashion. Now, researchers see...
German Researcher Creates 3D Printed Placenta Disks

German Researcher Creates 3D Printed Placenta Disks

Did you know that the placenta, connecting a baby to its mother, is an organ? Anna-Elizabeth Kreuder reminds us of this in a recent Ted Talk, while also explaining that she has always had a fascination with how drugs affect and help the human body, as well as causing adverse reactions. She is also a […]

Did you know that the placenta, connecting a baby to its mother, is an organ? Anna-Elizabeth Kreuder reminds us of this in a recent Ted Talk, while also explaining that she has always had a fascination with how drugs affect and help the human body, as well as causing...
UK Researchers Develop Responsive Cellulose-Based Ink for 4D Printing

UK Researchers Develop Responsive Cellulose-Based Ink for 4D Printing

We’ve seen the results of 3D printing research about responsive materials, but what about with 4D printing, where 3D printed objects can move and change shape of their own volition? A collaborative team of researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Bath recently developed a responsive ink for 4D printing that’s both cost-effective […]

We’ve seen the results of 3D printing research about responsive materials, but what about with 4D printing, where 3D printed objects can move and change shape of their own volition? A collaborative team of researchers from the University of Bristol and the...
Study of 4D Printing Uses Grayscale to Create Reversible Shape Change in Photopolymers

Study of 4D Printing Uses Grayscale to Create Reversible Shape Change in Photopolymers

Photopolymerization is a process that uses light to combine monomer molecules to create a polymer. It’s the basis of 3D printing, and in a dissertation called “Constitutive Modeling of Photopolymerization and its Application to 3D Printing,” Georgia Tech student Jiangtao Wu discusses the process in relation to both 3D and 4D printing. As Wu points […]

Photopolymerization is a process that uses light to combine monomer molecules to create a polymer. It’s the basis of 3D printing, and in a dissertation called “Constitutive Modeling of Photopolymerization and its Application to 3D Printing,” Georgia...
3D Printing News Briefs: August 21, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: August 21, 2018

We’ve got plenty of business news for you in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, and a little scientific research as well. Kelyniam Global has acquired new 3D printing technology, while Rostec makes an investment in technology. One of the earliest SpaceX employees is now an advisor for another aerospace company, the Youngstown Business Incubator has […]

We’ve got plenty of business news for you in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, and a little scientific research as well. Kelyniam Global has acquired new 3D printing technology, while Rostec makes an investment in technology. One of the earliest SpaceX...
ETH Zurich Researchers Develop 4D Printed Load-Bearing Polymer Structures

ETH Zurich Researchers Develop 4D Printed Load-Bearing Polymer Structures

There are numerous issues involved with transporting things into space, one being that some of them are just too big and bulky. One solution is to make those items small and capable of being folded up into compact packages which can then be expanded once the destination is reached. 4D printing is frequently used to […]

There are numerous issues involved with transporting things into space, one being that some of them are just too big and bulky. One solution is to make those items small and capable of being folded up into compact packages which can then be expanded once the...
MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab Hints at the Future of 4D Design in Pneumatic Objects

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab Hints at the Future of 4D Design in Pneumatic Objects

MIT provides a place for brilliant minds to develop in each other’s company and, not surprisingly, fascinating developments in design and technology are produced there as a result. One of the many internal organizations that create this atmosphere of experimentation and innovation is the Self-Assembly Lab. The Self-Assembly Lab is a research lab dedicated to […]

MIT provides a place for brilliant minds to develop in each other’s company and, not surprisingly, fascinating developments in design and technology are produced there as a result. One of the many internal organizations that create this atmosphere of...
Collaborative Project Focuses on Development of Advanced Materials for 3D Printing and 4D Printing

Collaborative Project Focuses on Development of Advanced Materials for 3D Printing and 4D Printing

Brightlands Materials Center is a research and development center focused on polymeric materials, or plastics. Plastic isn’t exactly what most people think of when imagining a sustainable future, but Brightlands is dedicated to promoting the responsible use of polymeric materials as it develops advanced applications. The center has three major areas of focus: Lightweight Automotive, Sustainable […]

Brightlands Materials Center is a research and development center focused on polymeric materials, or plastics. Plastic isn’t exactly what most people think of when imagining a sustainable future, but Brightlands is dedicated to promoting the responsible use of...
BMW Concept Car Draws from 3D & 4D, Redesigning Luxury Seats & Safety Mechanisms

BMW Concept Car Draws from 3D & 4D, Redesigning Luxury Seats & Safety Mechanisms

So many 3D printed innovations still leave us shaking our heads in amazement. We are continually wowed not only by the resourcefulness of engineers and makers around the world, but also by the infinite potential their growing body of work demonstrates. And even though the 4D realm has been in the process of being defined […]

So many 3D printed innovations still leave us shaking our heads in amazement. We are continually wowed not only by the resourcefulness of engineers and makers around the world, but also by the infinite potential their growing body of work demonstrates. And even though...
Research Team Takes Advantage of Common FFF 3D Printing Defect to 4D Print Plastic Self-Folding Objects

Research Team Takes Advantage of Common FFF 3D Printing Defect to 4D Print Plastic Self-Folding Objects

A lot of research has been undertaken regarding 3D printed self-folding structures and 3D printed items that can self-assemble, but a team from Carnegie Mellon University is changing things up in the field by using an inexpensive 3D printer to fabricate flat, self-folding items made from plastic. The researchers, from the university’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), have […]

A lot of research has been undertaken regarding 3D printed self-folding structures and 3D printed items that can self-assemble, but a team from Carnegie Mellon University is changing things up in the field by using an inexpensive 3D printer to fabricate flat,...
Professor Uses 4D Printing to Manufacture Curved Composites Without Molds

Professor Uses 4D Printing to Manufacture Curved Composites Without Molds

4D printing is a technology that has been the subject of a lot of research lately. Just this week, a team of Dartmouth College researchers developed a smart 3D printable ink that can change shape and color, and they’re far from the only ones doing novel things with 4D printing technology. Suong Van Hoa, a […]

4D printing is a technology that has been the subject of a lot of research lately. Just this week, a team of Dartmouth College researchers developed a smart 3D printable ink that can change shape and color, and they’re far from the only ones doing novel things...
Researchers Develop 3D Printable Smart Ink that Changes Shape and Color

Researchers Develop 3D Printable Smart Ink that Changes Shape and Color

3D printing is amazing enough on its own, but when it becomes 4D printing, it’s even more incredible. The fourth dimension in 4D printing is time, and 4D printed items can change shape or self-assemble over time, with some kind of a stimulus. 4D print technology continues to become more advanced and complex, and researchers […]

3D printing is amazing enough on its own, but when it becomes 4D printing, it’s even more incredible. The fourth dimension in 4D printing is time, and 4D printed items can change shape or self-assemble over time, with some kind of a stimulus. 4D print technology...
Earwig Wings Inspire Researchers to 3D Print Multimaterial, Self-Folding Origami Elements

Earwig Wings Inspire Researchers to 3D Print Multimaterial, Self-Folding Origami Elements

Many scientists have been inspired by wings, be they bat, bird, or butterfly, in their 3D printing research projects. A team of researchers from ETH Zurich and Purdue University have taken their inspiration from the wing structure of an earwig, a strange-looking creature with a fascinating wingspan. An open earwig wing can expand 10 times […]

Many scientists have been inspired by wings, be they bat, bird, or butterfly, in their 3D printing research projects. A team of researchers from ETH Zurich and Purdue University have taken their inspiration from the wing structure of an earwig, a strange-looking...
Powerful New 4D Printer Speeds Next-Generation, Next-Dimension 3D Printing

Powerful New 4D Printer Speeds Next-Generation, Next-Dimension 3D Printing

3D printed objects that can move and change shape are technically 4D printed – the fourth dimension comes in the object’s ability to change shape when exposed to environmental stimuli like heat, humidity, and/or light, and then revert back to its original form. At this week’s National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society […]

3D printed objects that can move and change shape are technically 4D printed – the fourth dimension comes in the object’s ability to change shape when exposed to environmental stimuli like heat, humidity, and/or light, and then revert back to its original...
Rutgers Engineers Develop 4D Printing Method for Shape-Shifting Hydrogels

Rutgers Engineers Develop 4D Printing Method for Shape-Shifting Hydrogels

Whenever I hear the term shape-shifting, I always picture some scary creature from a horror movie that’s able to change its form instantly to capture victims and is *probably* not real. But in reality, 3D printed shape-shifting structures can be used to make better bone implants, expandable robots that can switch from hard to soft, […]

Whenever I hear the term shape-shifting, I always picture some scary creature from a horror movie that’s able to change its form instantly to capture victims and is *probably* not real. But in reality, 3D printed shape-shifting structures can be used to make...
University in India Inaugurates 3D and 4D Additive Manufacturing Course in Waste Management

University in India Inaugurates 3D and 4D Additive Manufacturing Course in Waste Management

You may not think about the number of times you throw discarded waste items into your trash can every day, rather than trudging out to the recycling bin instead, but it’s probably significant. There is a lot of waste in the world today, but luckily, there are also a lot of people working hard to […]

You may not think about the number of times you throw discarded waste items into your trash can every day, rather than trudging out to the recycling bin instead, but it’s probably significant. There is a lot of waste in the world today, but luckily, there are...
4D Printing Technique Could Be Used to Develop 3D Printed Human Organs for Transplant Patients

4D Printing Technique Could Be Used to Develop 3D Printed Human Organs for Transplant Patients

Often, when someone receives a life-saving organ transplant, this unfortunately means that another person recently lost their own life to provide it. But there are many researchers currently working to develop fully functioning human organs that can be 3D printed, which will save the lives of people who need transplants without having to wait for years […]

Often, when someone receives a life-saving organ transplant, this unfortunately means that another person recently lost their own life to provide it. But there are many researchers currently working to develop fully functioning human organs that can be 3D printed,...
3D Printing Spotlight On: Amy Karle, Award Winning BioArtist

3D Printing Spotlight On: Amy Karle, Award Winning BioArtist

Amy Karle is an award winning bioartist who utilizes the relationships among the mind, body, science and technology as the platform from which to create work that examines material and spiritual aspects of life. Her work examines a future as yet unknown in which the digital, physical and biological systems are inextricably interwoven. Working across […]

Amy Karle is an award winning bioartist who utilizes the relationships among the mind, body, science and technology as the platform from which to create work that examines material and spiritual aspects of life. Her work examines a future as yet unknown in which the...
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: Researchers Use Heat for Greater Success in 4D Printing

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: Researchers Use Heat for Greater Success in 4D Printing

Interest in 4D printing has continued to grow as scientists have expanded their research into creating items and materials that are helpful to research (as well as many other industries, to include fashion) as they adapt to their surroundings, often changing and then reverting back to their original form. Now, a study by Marius Wagner, […]

Interest in 4D printing has continued to grow as scientists have expanded their research into creating items and materials that are helpful to research (as well as many other industries, to include fashion) as they adapt to their surroundings, often changing and then...
TU Delft Researchers 3D Print “Some of the Most Complex Shape-Shifting Ever Reported” with Ultimaker 3D Printer and PLA

TU Delft Researchers 3D Print “Some of the Most Complex Shape-Shifting Ever Reported” with Ultimaker 3D Printer and PLA

IKEA furniture is, for the most part, pretty easy to assemble. But it could be easier – imagine ordering flat-packed furniture from a place like IKEA, opening it, and watching it assemble itself right in front of you. That’s the vision of Dr. Amir Zadpoor, a researcher at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). But […]

IKEA furniture is, for the most part, pretty easy to assemble. But it could be easier – imagine ordering flat-packed furniture from a place like IKEA, opening it, and watching it assemble itself right in front of you. That’s the vision of Dr. Amir Zadpoor,...
LLNL Successfully Creates 4D Printed Flexible, Stretchable Composite Silicone Materials with Shape Memory

LLNL Successfully Creates 4D Printed Flexible, Stretchable Composite Silicone Materials with Shape Memory

Earlier this summer, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) were working on using a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print silicone metamaterials with shape memory behavior – which technically makes them 4D printed, as the fourth dimension is time in this instance. Now we’ve learned that, for the first time, the LLNL […]

Earlier this summer, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) were working on using a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print silicone metamaterials with shape memory behavior – which technically makes them 4D printed, as the...
LLNL Researchers Use Direct Ink Writing to 3D Print Silicone Metamaterials with Shape Memory Behavior

LLNL Researchers Use Direct Ink Writing to 3D Print Silicone Metamaterials with Shape Memory Behavior

A research team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has used a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print property-specific, silicone metamaterials that possess shape memory behavior, which technically makes them 4D printed. LLNL has worked with both 3D printed metamaterials and 4D printing before, but by using a DIW process, the material becomes more […]

A research team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has used a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print property-specific, silicone metamaterials that possess shape memory behavior, which technically makes them 4D printed. LLNL has worked with both...
3D Printed Self-Healing Gel Could Make Cracked Phone Screens a Thing of the Past

3D Printed Self-Healing Gel Could Make Cracked Phone Screens a Thing of the Past

An inevitable part of owning and using technology is damaging technology. Just about everyone I know has a mobile phone, and just about everyone I know has broken or damaged a mobile phone at one time or another – maybe several times. We all have that one friend or relative who seems to post on […]

An inevitable part of owning and using technology is damaging technology. Just about everyone I know has a mobile phone, and just about everyone I know has broken or damaged a mobile phone at one time or another – maybe several times. We all have that one friend...
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