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ESA and Zortrax 3D Print PEEK Composites for Built-in Electronics

Polish 3D printing solutions provider Zortrax has been working with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the last year to figure out how to use 3D printing to fabricate high-performance…

University of Chemical Technology: Strengthening FDM 3D Printing with Starch Additive for PCL

Researchers from the University of Chemical Technology in Beijing continue the growing trend for strengthening existing materials with additives, outlining their findings in the recently published ‘Polycaprolactone/polysaccharide functional composites for…

ExOne Announces 15 New Materials Available for Binder Jetting Systems

Several companies—particularly Desktop Metal, GE Additive, and HP—have garnered a great deal of excitement for their new metal binder jetting technologies with the idea that they are revolutionizing metal additive…

3D Printing News Briefs: February 12, 2020

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got materials news, then some collaborations and an education story to share. First, KRAIBURG TPE is examining if its thermoplastic elastomers are suitable…

Thailand: Comparing Suitable Fillers for Making PLA Composites

Researchers from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand continue to study the science of materials in 3D printing—a topic that has continued to expand throughout recent years…

Nanocomposites: SLA 3D Printing with Graphene Oxide Elastomers

In ‘GO-modified flexible polymer nanocomposites fabricated via 3D stereolithography,’ authors CHA Tsang, Adilet Zhakeyev, Dennis Y.C. Leung, and Jin Xuan are exploring challenges for creating stronger materials in SLA 3D…

3D Printing News Briefs: December 3, 2019

We’re starting today’s 3D Printing News Briefs out with a new case study, and then concluding with some business. CRP USA has been working with additive manufacturing in the motorsports…

Testing Low-Density Polyethylene Glass Composites in FDM 3D Printing

Wear resistance in 3D printed materials is critical for many users, with few research studies so far delving into such details for ABS or PC-ABS blends. Much of the concern…

Recycled HDPE Sandwich Composite Materials for Casting Using FDM 3D Printing

In ‘Recycled HDPE reinforced Al2O3 and SiC three dimensional printed patterns for sandwich composite material,’ authors Narinder Singh, Rupinder Singh, Ranvijay Kumar, and IPS Ahuja explore new ways to create…

Processing Complex Collimators Via Binder Jet Additive Manufacturing

Authors Corson L. Cramer, Amy M. Elliott, James O. Kiggans, Bianca Haberl, and David C. Anderson explore new techniques in their recently published, ’Processing of complex-shaped collimators made via binder…

Improving Mechanical Properties of 3D Printing with Continuous Carbon Fiber Shape Memory Composites

Researchers Yongsan An and Woon-Ryeol Yu explore improved 3D printing through the study of alternative materials. In the recently published ‘Three-dimensional printing of continuous carbon fiber-reinforced shape memory polymer composites,’…

Loughborough: Tests In Continuous Carbon Fiber Composites in 3D Printing With FDM and SLA

UK researchers continue to explore the benefits of creating new composites for 3D printing. Here, they discuss their findings regarding carbon composites used in SLA 3D printing and material extrusion,…

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Investigates New Lignin-Nylon Composite 3D Printing Material

Lignin is an organic polymer that is present in the cell walls of many plants, giving them rigidity such as in wood and bark. It’s also a byproduct of biorefinery…

Wageningen University: Adding Some Sparkle to 3D Printed Objects with Gold Nanoparticles

Nanotechnology may seem novel and advanced, but it has actually been used for thousands of years. Metallic nanoparticles are present in glass and pottery from hundreds and thousands of years…

Researchers Prepare Silicon Carbide-Polymer Composite Materials for SLS 3D Printing

Silicon carbide, or SiC, has a lot of potential for use in industrial applications, like aeronautic and aerospace engineering, the automotive industry, and the machinery industry, due to its excellent physical…

Strengths of Three Materials Combine to Form Composite 3D Printed Components

In a paper entitled “On the 3D printing of recycled ABS, PLA and HIPS thermoplastics for structural applications,” a group of researchers discusses multi-material 3D printing for structural applications. The…

Michigan Tech Researchers Recycle Wood Furniture Waste into Composite 3D Printing Material

From artwork, instruments, and boats to gear shift knobs, cell phone accessories, and even 3D printers, wood has been used often as a 3D printing material. It’s a valuable renewable…

Comparing FDM 3D Printed Parts with Carbon Nanotubes, Continuous Carbon Fiber and Short Carbon Fiber

Fused deposition modeling, or FDM, 3D printing has several advantages – thermoplastics can be used, which are easy to handle and are strong and durable enough to be used for…

Fabrisonic Uses UAM 3D Printing Process to Create Functionally Graded Metal Materials

Functionally-graded materials (FGMs) differ from traditional composites in that two materials are joined with a graded interface in order to avoid a boundary between them. As FGMs are resistant to failure, they’re…

3D Printing Composite Ceramics with FDM and Sintering

Additive manufacturing has rapidly become more advanced than it used to be, moving far beyond the days when components could only be 3D printed out of a single plastic or…

Estonian Researchers Create 3D Printable Peat Mixture for Cost-Effective Home Construction

By using 3D printing to fabricate structures ranging from hotels and houses to bridges and bus stops, the global construction industry is able to lower costs and increase production speeds, along with making improved, eco-friendly structures with…

3D Printed Composite Materials Based On Mantis Shrimp’s Super-Strong Appendage

From designing better tandem wing airplanes and improved bomb detection equipment to making lighter weight electronics and helping paraplegics and amputees, people have turned to nature countless times to fix our…

Composites Startup Introduces Continuous Fiber Manufacturing Technology for 3D Printing High Performance Parts

In 2016, the award-winning Atropos 3D printing research project on 3D printing thermosetting continuous fiber composite materials was born out of a collaboration between KUKA, Owens Corning, and +Lab, which is…

Tundra-M Drone Prototype Flies High Thanks to CRP Technology’s 3D Printing and Windform Materials

Italy-based CRP Technology, part of the larger CRP Group, has used its versatile Windform composite materials and SLS 3D printing technology to manufacture everything from masks and golf drivers to motorcycle…