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Tough & Conductive: 3D Printed Polymer Hydrogels for Flexible Sensors

International researchers came together recently to study more about complex 3D printing materials, releasing their findings in ‘Tough and conductive polymer hydrogel based on double network for photo-curing 3D printing.’…

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Advancing the Development of 3D Printing Materials by Fostering Collaborative Partnerships Globally and Locally

By Sumeet Jain, Global Director for 3D Printing Business, Sartomer and Hélène Egret, European Market Manager 3D Printing Unlocking new opportunities in additive manufacturing is a collaborative effort that brings together…

Reinforcing Concrete Fabric Formwork with 3D Printed Plastics

In the recently published ‘Tailored flexibility: reinforcing concrete fabric formwork with 3D printed plastics,’ authors Jon Engholt and Dave Pigram create a construction system integrating robotics and new techniques. The…

3D Printing & Conductivity: Fabricating Ultra-Stretchable Conductors

Researchers in Shanghai are delving further into 3D printing conductors, with their findings recently published in ‘A highly transparent and ultra-stretchable conductor with stable conductivity during large deformation.’ Authors Zhouyue…

Using Casting, Graphene, and SLM 3D Printing to Create Bioinspired Cilia Sensors

  What Mother Nature has already created, we humans are bound to try and recreate; case in point: biological sensors. Thanks to good old biomimicry, researchers have made their own…

Sinterit’s SLS 3D Printing and Flexible Materials Used to Make Strong Textiles for Opera Costumes

Engineering, textiles, and additive manufacturing are different industries with different growth patterns, but they are connected by an important point: structures. Additionally, each of these industries have to struggle with…

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Sinterit is Going White

Is it possible to achieve white color on a small SLS 3D printer? This question was asked a hundred times. Somehow clients love white materials, but in selective laser sintering…

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Copymaster3D Unveils First Lineup of 3D Printers

Copymaster 3D is the latest new brand to venture into the world of 3D printing. The price and extensive list of features that the three new models offer, suggest that…

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 –…

Researchers Use 3D Printed End Plates and Paper Origami Mechanisms to Create Flexible, Inching Robots

A team of students and professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been working on innovative research that illustrates how they used bio-inspired design and origami structures to…

Researchers Use 3D Printing Technology and Chemistry to Develop a Way to Power Wearable Electronics Using Human Sweat

Sometimes, if the weather is nice and I’m feeling motivated enough, I’ll go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood, but I can’t make it very far if I don’t…

Disney Research Uses 3D Printing to Design Bendable Machines

In the construction world, certain characteristics like strength, stiffness and rigidity are highly valued for the integrity and stability of structures. In nature, however, those characteristics are rarely found –…

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…

Chinese Researchers Look to Functional Electronics 3D Printing by Liquid Metal Injection

In 2014, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), together with Tsinghua University researchers, published a paper in Science China Technological Sciences, titled “Liquid Phase 3D Printing for Quickly Manufacturing Conductive Metal…

Filaments.directory Tops 2,000 Products and Releases First Trend Report

Gauthier de Valensart launched the Filaments.directory project as part of a new wave of initiatives that seek to create a map of a 3D printing industry. This seems to be…

TreeD Turns Japanese with High-Temp PLA and Biodegradable Flex Filaments

Filament manufacturer TreeDFilaments has made a name for itself for proposing a wide range of exotic filaments to the market, from mineral based to high strength technical materials. For its latest products the company has turned to the Far East for inspiration by launching the new Shogun Superior PLA and kyotoflex ecologic flexible materials.

Sculpteo Introduces Their New Flexible Thermoplastic Polyurethane Material

French 3D printing services provider Sculpteo has added yet another 3D printing material to its already impressive catalog of almost fifty materials and finishes. Their new flexible Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)…

Fleks3D is Back on Kickstarter With New Build Plate Offerings to Make Your 3D Print Jobs Easier

In August 2014, we covered the launch of the Fleks3D Build Plate, which provided a simple solution to one of the most frustratingly common problems in 3D printing. The plates,…

These 3D Printed Microstructures Morph Due to Prescribed Mechanical Behavior

There’s a lot to be said for the wonders of 3D printing technology, but what’s even better is that we are learning to bend innovation so far to our will…