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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…

3D Printed Milk Made Possible with Cold Extrusion Tech

When it comes to 3D printed food, I really need to stop thinking, “Well, now I’ve seen everything!” Every time I do, I am proven wrong. The latest innovation comes…

3D Printing Silica Aerogels for Small Scale Applications

International researchers working with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), led by Shanyu Zhao, Gilberto Siqueira, Wim Malfait and Matthias Koebel, are exploring new ways to…

3D Printing Geopolymer Filters for Water Treatment Systems

Researchers from Italy and Finland are focused on improving ways to deliver clean drinking water, detailing their study in the recently published ‘Ag- or Cu-modified geopolymer filters for water treatment…

Sensitive 3D Printed Sensors Can Measure Acetone Content in Breath, Making Life Easier for Diabetics

A collaborative team of researchers from Kiel University (CAU) in Germany and the Technical University of Moldova (TUM) used 3D printing to produce highly sensitive, energy-efficient sensors. This work could…

3D Printing with Kaolinite Clay & Suitable Additives

In the recently published ‘3D printing of kaolinite clay with small additions of lime, fly ash and talc ceramic powders,’ Carlos F. Revelo and Henry A. Colorado explore the use…

Ci3DP: 3D Printing with Chocolate Ink at Singapore University of Technology & Design

In the recently published ‘Chocolate-based Ink Three-Dimensional Printing (Ci3DP),’ authors Rahul Karyappa and Michinao Hashimoto discuss the tasty merits of making desserts in 3D. Although printing in chocolate is not…

3D Printing Graphene Oxide Hydrogels with Direct Ink Writing for Microsupercapacitors

In the recently published ‘Direct 3D printing of a graphene oxide hydrogel for fabrication of a high areal specific capacitance microsupercapacitor,’ researchers consider the capability for a graphene oxide (GO)…

Bioprinting Hot Dogs with Hierarchical Structures

Researchers around the world continually surprise us with innovation, but rarely do they reach into the roots of popular culture—and the food that accompanies it—applying it to the world of…

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…

Virginia Tech Researchers 3D Print Kapton Using Direct Ink Writing

Last year, a group of Virginia Tech researchers developed a method for 3D printing Kapton, a foil-like polyimide that possesses excellent thermal and chemical stability and therefore is commonly used…

Direct Ink Writing Process for 3D Printing Mechanoluminescent Objects

Way back in 1605, English philosopher, statesman, and scientist Francis Bacon first demonstrated the phenomenon of mechanoluminescence – light emission resulting from a mechanical action on a solid – by breaking apart…

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 –…

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…

NC State Researchers Look to the Structural Stability of Sand Castles to Develop New 3D Printing Method for Silicone Paste

The other day I was walking through a local outdoor mall, and noticed that several wooden platforms had been set up. The platforms weren’t empty: each one contained a rather…

Empa Researchers Develop Eco-Friendly Cellulose 3D Printing Ink

Cellulose is the main building block of plant material, and it may become the main building block of many 3D printed items, as well. The all-natural, eco-friendly, abundant material has…

LLNL Researchers Develop New Method of 3D Printing Transparent Glass for Optical Applications

The 3D printing of glass has been in the news quite a lot lately, with several breakthroughs coming in the last couple of months. Micron3DP is releasing its glass 3D printer…

LLNL Researchers First to 3D Print Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber Composites, Using a Modified DIW 3D Printing Process

California-based Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a 60-year history of applying technology and science to make the world a safer place, and has a vision to be the premier destination…

4D Printing & Origami Allow LLNL Researchers to Explore Complex Structures for Important Future Applications

Most of us find 3D printing to be incredibly fascinating. From the hardware, software, and materials that allow us to create objects at the desktop to more complex operations in larger…

Check Out this Amazing 3D Printer That Prints Complex Structures in Midair Using Lasers and Metal Nanoparticles

A team of researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has developed an eye-popping new method of 3D…