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Researchers Use 3D Printing and Basic Electronic Components to Make Neuroscience More Accessible

Researchers Use 3D Printing and Basic Electronic Components to Make Neuroscience More Accessible

While I was worse in math, science was also not one of my strong suits in school. So anything that makes it easier for students to better understand these complex subjects is a good idea, in my humble opinion. Tom Baden, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Sussex, has been collaborating with his […]

While I was worse in math, science was also not one of my strong suits in school. So anything that makes it easier for students to better understand these complex subjects is a good idea, in my humble opinion. Tom Baden, a professor of neuroscience at the University...
Researchers Test Two Configurations of Biowaste 3D Printed Microbial Fuel Cells

Researchers Test Two Configurations of Biowaste 3D Printed Microbial Fuel Cells

Researchers and scientists are constantly working to develop solutions that can save our future world, from solving problems like increasing pollution and climate change to producing clean energy. A group of researchers from the University of Naples Parthenope recently published a paper, titled “Development and Performance analysis of Biowaste based Microbial Fuel Cells fabricated employing Additive […]

Researchers and scientists are constantly working to develop solutions that can save our future world, from solving problems like increasing pollution and climate change to producing clean energy. A group of researchers from the University of Naples...
Tsinghua University Investigates if Blends of PLA and PBS are Suitable for FDM 3D Printing

Tsinghua University Investigates if Blends of PLA and PBS are Suitable for FDM 3D Printing

A trio of researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing recently published a paper, titled “Preparation and Characterization of Poly(butylene succinate)/Polylactide Blends for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing,” about preparing material blends of PLA and PBS with various compositions, then validating if they are suitable for use as filaments for FDM 3D printing. The abstract reads, “To […]

A trio of researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing recently published a paper, titled “Preparation and Characterization of Poly(butylene succinate)/Polylactide Blends for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing,” about preparing material blends of PLA...
Researchers Prepare Silicon Carbide-Polymer Composite Materials for SLS 3D Printing

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 and chemical properties. But, because of the high production costs that come with mold manufacturing, machining, and high temperature and pressure sintering processes, this industrial […]

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 and chemical properties. But, because of the high...
Researchers Use Aerosol Jet 3D Printing to Develop Neuronal Interface with More Anti-Inflammatory Ability

Researchers Use Aerosol Jet 3D Printing to Develop Neuronal Interface with More Anti-Inflammatory Ability

3D printing has been used in the past to help treat degenerative diseases, or at least make it easier to cope with them. In terms of neurodegenerative diseases, implanted prosthetic devices are often used, but adverse biological reactions in host tissues can result in signal failure. it’s important to create tissue that can mimic the mechanical and […]

3D printing has been used in the past to help treat degenerative diseases, or at least make it easier to cope with them. In terms of neurodegenerative diseases, implanted prosthetic devices are often used, but adverse biological reactions in host tissues can result in...
SOLIDWORKS and a Form 2 Used to Make 3D Printed Micro Check Valve for IV Fluid Transfusion

SOLIDWORKS and a Form 2 Used to Make 3D Printed Micro Check Valve for IV Fluid Transfusion

Check valves are devices that allow for flow in one direction, while at the same time preventing flow in the opposite direction. The design of this device continues to improve as technology advances, and check valves have been made out of everything from graphene and hydrogels to shape memory alloys and piezoelectric materials. Micro check […]

Check valves are devices that allow for flow in one direction, while at the same time preventing flow in the opposite direction. The design of this device continues to improve as technology advances, and check valves have been made out of everything from graphene and...
3D Printed Artificial Heart Pump Demonstrates Application of Embedded Magnet Printing

3D Printed Artificial Heart Pump Demonstrates Application of Embedded Magnet Printing

Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, set out this spring to make a 3D printed artificial heart pump. He succeeded, though the plastic prototype that took 15 hours to print was not what one would call high quality. But tests showed that the prototype worked, […]

Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, set out this spring to make a 3D printed artificial heart pump. He succeeded, though the plastic prototype that took 15 hours to print was not what one...
Effect of Build Orientation on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of SLM 3D Printed Titanium

Effect of Build Orientation on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of SLM 3D Printed Titanium

One of the challenges of 3D printing is the ability to get repeatable results, like good mechanical properties and identical microstructure, using different build orientations. A lot of research has been published over the years on build orientation, and Patrick Hartunian and Mohsen Eshraghi, two researchers from California State University in Los Angeles, are joining the pack. They published […]

One of the challenges of 3D printing is the ability to get repeatable results, like good mechanical properties and identical microstructure, using different build orientations. A lot of research has been published over the years on build orientation, and Patrick...
Researchers Investigate Parameters of Non-Vacuum Electron Beam Welding for 3D Printing Metal Parts

Researchers Investigate Parameters of Non-Vacuum Electron Beam Welding for 3D Printing Metal Parts

Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication, also known as EBF3, is a wire feed metal 3D printing technique developed by NASA for aeronautics. It has a higher deposition rate than other rapid manufacturing methods, is well-suited for manufacturing reactive alloys, like aluminum and titanium, and can print complex geometric shapes with no material waste. Wire is fed into […]

Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication, also known as EBF3, is a wire feed metal 3D printing technique developed by NASA for aeronautics. It has a higher deposition rate than other rapid manufacturing methods, is well-suited for manufacturing reactive alloys, like...
Research Shows that Silicone Resin Prepolymers Can Be Used for Ultraviolet-Assisted 3D Printing

Research Shows that Silicone Resin Prepolymers Can Be Used for Ultraviolet-Assisted 3D Printing

There are many advantages to ultraviolet (UV)-curable systems, like energy saving, rapid curing, environmentally friendly, and high cost performance. These systems are used often with UV-assisted 3D printing, which deposits layers of photocurable liquid polymer crosslinked by an external UV light source to make an object. Silicone materials are promising for 3D printing use due to […]

There are many advantages to ultraviolet (UV)-curable systems, like energy saving, rapid curing, environmentally friendly, and high cost performance. These systems are used often with UV-assisted 3D printing, which deposits layers of photocurable liquid polymer...
Researchers Make Strong, 3D Printed Expandable Origami Structures for Engineering Applications

Researchers Make Strong, 3D Printed Expandable Origami Structures for Engineering Applications

A collaborative team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Beijing Institute of Technology, and Peking University are using 3D printing to directly build reconfigurable origami assemblages that can expand and fold. But even better, the 3D printed structures also have enough load-bearing capability and strength to be used in engineering applications. In […]

A collaborative team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Beijing Institute of Technology, and Peking University are using 3D printing to directly build reconfigurable origami assemblages that can expand and fold. But even better, the 3D...
Researchers Complete Comprehensive Evaluation of Manufacturing Methods, Including 3D Printing, for Impellers

Researchers Complete Comprehensive Evaluation of Manufacturing Methods, Including 3D Printing, for Impellers

Combustion engines uses turbochargers to boost their performance. But, for multiple reasons, there isn’t a conventional process chain for economically manufacturing the component. A team of researchers from RWTH Aachen University and Robert Bosch GmbH recognized the need for a comprehensive evaluation of alternative manufacturing methods for impellers – 3D printing isn’t the only way […]

Combustion engines uses turbochargers to boost their performance. But, for multiple reasons, there isn’t a conventional process chain for economically manufacturing the component. A team of researchers from RWTH Aachen University and Robert Bosch GmbH recognized...
Comparing FDM 3D Printed Parts with Carbon Nanotubes, Continuous Carbon Fiber and Short Carbon Fiber

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 producing both prototypes and practical parts. Additionally, FDM 3D printers use a simple mechanism to melt and extrude resin that doesn’t need expensive parts, like […]

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 producing both prototypes and practical parts. Additionally, FDM 3D printers use a...
NIST Achieving Better Laser Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing Melt Pool Control By Implementing Laser Control

NIST Achieving Better Laser Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing Melt Pool Control By Implementing Laser Control

Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) 3D printing uses a focused, high power laser to selectively melt geometric patterns into metal powder and build an almost fully dense, freeform object. The process, and quality of the resulting part, are influenced by many process parameters, and the laser position, power, and velocity all need to be well-controlled, based […]

Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) 3D printing uses a focused, high power laser to selectively melt geometric patterns into metal powder and build an almost fully dense, freeform object. The process, and quality of the resulting part, are influenced by many process...
Researchers Use 3D Printing-Guided Method to Create Thermoresponsive Nanohybrid Scaffolds

Researchers Use 3D Printing-Guided Method to Create Thermoresponsive Nanohybrid Scaffolds

3D printed medical implants are typically stiffer and stronger than the surrounding tissue, and while they don’t always adapt well to biological and physical stimuli, that stiffness is important. The biological processes of our bodies are naturally dynamic, and many researchers are working to ensure that 3D printed implants are of the highest quality and will […]

3D printed medical implants are typically stiffer and stronger than the surrounding tissue, and while they don’t always adapt well to biological and physical stimuli, that stiffness is important. The biological processes of our bodies are naturally dynamic, and...
Subjecting 3D Printed Medical Ti6Al4V Implants to Laser Peening Could Increase Wear Resistance

Subjecting 3D Printed Medical Ti6Al4V Implants to Laser Peening Could Increase Wear Resistance

When it comes to manufacturing biomedical implants, whether they’re 3D printed or not, titanium alloys are often used, and one of the most common is medical Ti6Al4V, thanks to its biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and excellent corrosion resistance. However, its use is not widespread due to its poor wear resistance. Additionally, the simultaneous action of both […]

When it comes to manufacturing biomedical implants, whether they’re 3D printed or not, titanium alloys are often used, and one of the most common is medical Ti6Al4V, thanks to its biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and excellent corrosion resistance....
3D Printing Organic Resin Objects with Inorganic Nanoparticles for Anti-Counterfeiting Measures

3D Printing Organic Resin Objects with Inorganic Nanoparticles for Anti-Counterfeiting Measures

In order to keep our 3D printed parts safe from being illegally replicated, we often turn to anti-counterfeiting measures, such as embedded identification tags and QR codes, bar codes, and even quantum dots, which are tiny nanocrystals produced from semiconductor materials. Now, a group of researchers from Zhejiang University in China is looking at using upconversion (UC) nanoparticles for […]

In order to keep our 3D printed parts safe from being illegally replicated, we often turn to anti-counterfeiting measures, such as embedded identification tags and QR codes, bar codes, and even quantum dots, which are tiny nanocrystals produced from semiconductor...
Researchers Inspired by Nature to Develop Recyclable Liquid Crystal Polymers for FDM 3D Printing

Researchers Inspired by Nature to Develop Recyclable Liquid Crystal Polymers for FDM 3D Printing

While it’s possibly to quickly manufacture complex parts at a low cost using fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing, the readily available polymers are fairly weak, and the completed 3D prints have poor adhesion. According to an ETH Zürich research group that specializes in 3D printing complex materials, this one of the reasons why FDM is not used […]

While it’s possibly to quickly manufacture complex parts at a low cost using fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing, the readily available polymers are fairly weak, and the completed 3D prints have poor adhesion. According to an ETH Zürich research group...
Comparing 3D Printed Parts Made with Virgin and Recycled PLA

Comparing 3D Printed Parts Made with Virgin and Recycled PLA

While 3D printing continues to grow in leaps and bounds, it still creates a lot of waste, due to removed support structures, disposable prototypes, failed prints, and multiple iterations. Luckily, PLA is biodegradable, and the waste can be easily managed in multiple ways, such as combustion, composting, and dumping it in landfills. However, the best […]

While 3D printing continues to grow in leaps and bounds, it still creates a lot of waste, due to removed support structures, disposable prototypes, failed prints, and multiple iterations. Luckily, PLA is biodegradable, and the waste can be easily managed in multiple...
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...
LLNL Researchers Use Laser Beam Shaping to Enhance Properties During Metal 3D Printing

LLNL Researchers Use Laser Beam Shaping to Enhance Properties During Metal 3D Printing

From bioprinting blood vessels and using 3D printing to control reactive materials to 3D printing nanoporous gold and researching metal 3D printing flaws, the scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are well known for their impressive work with 3D printing materials. Recently, a group of LLNL researchers explored the use of spatial laser modulation in […]

From bioprinting blood vessels and using 3D printing to control reactive materials to 3D printing nanoporous gold and researching metal 3D printing flaws, the scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are well known for their impressive work with 3D...
Comparing Rectangular and Lattice Structures in 3D Printing Bioinks

Comparing Rectangular and Lattice Structures in 3D Printing Bioinks

In 3D bioprinting, scientists and researchers use bioinks for material, which are loaded with cells to 3D print biological structures; once printed, secondary crosslinking mechanisms come into play to retain the shape’s structural fidelity. These bioinks can facilitate cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation, and also exhibit all the characteristics of an extracellular matrix environment – making it possible to create […]

In 3D bioprinting, scientists and researchers use bioinks for material, which are loaded with cells to 3D print biological structures; once printed, secondary crosslinking mechanisms come into play to retain the shape’s structural fidelity. These bioinks can...
Electrically Conductive PEEK Composites for FDM 3D Printing

Electrically Conductive PEEK Composites for FDM 3D Printing

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing method that can easily meet the requirements for small series industrial manufacturing. However, there aren’t a lot of commercially available materials that can work well with it other than PLA, ABS, TPU, PET, and a few others. FDM materials should have performance that makes 3D printing easier, […]

Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing method that can easily meet the requirements for small series industrial manufacturing. However, there aren’t a lot of commercially available materials that can work well with it other than PLA, ABS, TPU, PET, and...
Researchers Develop Flow-Casting Method for Bioactive Coating of 3D Printed Porous Titanium Implants

Researchers Develop Flow-Casting Method for Bioactive Coating of 3D Printed Porous Titanium Implants

We often see titanium used in 3D printed implants for humans, and even for animals. When compared to implants that are more dense, porous titanium (PT) implants, with custom porosity and structure, have mechanical properties far more similar to natural bone, which helps reduce stress-shielding effects and facilitate nutrient transport and bone tissue ingrowth during […]

We often see titanium used in 3D printed implants for humans, and even for animals. When compared to implants that are more dense, porous titanium (PT) implants, with custom porosity and structure, have mechanical properties far more similar to natural bone, which...
UPC Researchers Develop New Method of Designing Porous Scaffolds for FDM 3D Printing

UPC Researchers Develop New Method of Designing Porous Scaffolds for FDM 3D Printing

From manufacturing customized prosthetics and implants to surgical planning and bioprinting organs and tissues, 3D printing has many medical applications. In terms of bone tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting, 3D printed scaffolds are used as templates to help with tissue formation and initial cell attachment, as well as to fix prostheses through osseointegration. We’ve seen […]

From manufacturing customized prosthetics and implants to surgical planning and bioprinting organs and tissues, 3D printing has many medical applications. In terms of bone tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting, 3D printed scaffolds are used as templates to help with...
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