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The Rapid Evolution of Glass 3D Printing

The Rapid Evolution of Glass 3D Printing

If you’ve ever seen a glass-blowing demonstration, you’ve probably marveled at what a delicate process it is. The practice is an ancient one, and it’s remained a much-loved art form, even though most glass products are manufactured using machinery now. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, glass-blowing was the main method of producing glass products, but, […]

If you’ve ever seen a glass-blowing demonstration, you’ve probably marveled at what a delicate process it is. The practice is an ancient one, and it’s remained a much-loved art form, even though most glass products are manufactured using machinery...
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 Discover Real Cause of Spatter During Metal 3D Printing Processes

LLNL Researchers Discover Real Cause of Spatter During Metal 3D Printing Processes

So much about 3D printing is still a mystery – especially when things go wrong. Anyone who works with 3D printing is well-acquainted with the fact that the technology isn’t perfect, and that there are going to be errors, failed prints, and all manner of frustrations to deal with along the road to completing a […]

So much about 3D printing is still a mystery – especially when things go wrong. Anyone who works with 3D printing is well-acquainted with the fact that the technology isn’t perfect, and that there are going to be errors, failed prints, and all manner of...
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...
NASA Researchers Use 3D Modeling Software to Run Asteroid Impact Scenarios, Give First Responders a Way to Identify and Defend Against Asteroid Strikes

NASA Researchers Use 3D Modeling Software to Run Asteroid Impact Scenarios, Give First Responders a Way to Identify and Defend Against Asteroid Strikes

If you were at all conscious in the year 1998, then you remember the major end-of-the-world asteroid movie that came out that year, Armageddon; not to be confused with the major end-of-the-world comet movie Deep Impact, which inexplicably came out the exact same year and introduced us all to the terrifying acronym E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event). Of […]

If you were at all conscious in the year 1998, then you remember the major end-of-the-world asteroid movie that came out that year, Armageddon; not to be confused with the major end-of-the-world comet movie Deep Impact, which inexplicably came out the exact same year...
International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing 'Steers Clear of the Hype', Announces Full Speaker Lineup

International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing 'Steers Clear of the Hype', Announces Full Speaker Lineup

3D printing technology and the industry that has sprung up around it continues to grow with a momentum that seems never-ending. If you have been wondering about its staying power or future as a true force, just take a look at the speaking panel lined up for the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D […]

3D printing technology and the industry that has sprung up around it continues to grow with a momentum that seems never-ending. If you have been wondering about its staying power or future as a true force, just take a look at the speaking panel lined up for the...
R & D Tax Credit Aspect of 3D Printed Glass

R & D Tax Credit Aspect of 3D Printed Glass

Like every other printer, a 3D printer requires a type of “ink” in order to run. This ink can be made of many different materials, depending on what is being created. The most prevalent material that is used to 3D print is plastic, but as the industry expands so does the variation in materials being […]

Like every other printer, a 3D printer requires a type of “ink” in order to run. This ink can be made of many different materials, depending on what is being created. The most prevalent material that is used to 3D print is plastic, but as the industry...
LLNL's Diode-Based Additive Manufacturing Technology 3D Prints Metal Parts Faster Than Ever

LLNL's Diode-Based Additive Manufacturing Technology 3D Prints Metal Parts Faster Than Ever

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory delivers amazing research, often related to 3D printing, on a regular basis, so it’s never surprising when they announce something big. This week, however, LLNL researchers have made an announcement that could change the 3D printing industry – they’ve developed a new metal 3D printing technology that can print objects faster […]

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory delivers amazing research, often related to 3D printing, on a regular basis, so it’s never surprising when they announce something big. This week, however, LLNL researchers have made an announcement that could change the 3D...
LLNL Researchers Develop New Method of 3D Printing Transparent Glass for Optical Applications

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 after installing several units at its own factory, and researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) recently developed a method of 3D printing glass […]

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 after installing several units at its own factory, and researchers from the Karlsruhe...
LLNL Uses 3D Printing to Predict and Test Failure Modes in Miniature Lattice Structures

LLNL Uses 3D Printing to Predict and Test Failure Modes in Miniature Lattice Structures

There’s a good reason why you see so many 3D printed Eiffel Towers. It’s not just because the building is beautiful and iconic, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s also a great showcase for a 3D printer’s capabilities, particularly in terms of resolution – which is why so many 3D printer manufacturers feature printed […]

There’s a good reason why you see so many 3D printed Eiffel Towers. It’s not just because the building is beautiful and iconic, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s also a great showcase for a 3D printer’s capabilities, particularly...
LLNL Develops Semi-Liquid Metal 3D Printing Method: Direct Metal Writing

LLNL Develops Semi-Liquid Metal 3D Printing Method: Direct Metal Writing

Metal additive manufacturing is one of the oldest forms of 3D printing, but the technology is still constantly being developed. The most common forms of metal 3D printing still have flaws and limitations; for example, most metal powder-based forms of additive manufacturing are prone to gaps and defects. The issue of porosity in metal 3D […]

Metal additive manufacturing is one of the oldest forms of 3D printing, but the technology is still constantly being developed. The most common forms of metal 3D printing still have flaws and limitations; for example, most metal powder-based forms of additive...
LLNL Researchers First to 3D Print Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber Composites, Using a Modified DIW 3D Printing Process

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 for America’s best engineers and scientists. The researchers at LLNL have worked on all kinds of cutting-edge 3D printing technology, including the development graphene bio-inks, material […]

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 for America’s best engineers and scientists. The researchers...
LLNL Uses 3D Printing & Lightweight Metamaterials to Solve Thermal Mismatch Issues

LLNL Uses 3D Printing & Lightweight Metamaterials to Solve Thermal Mismatch Issues

While you might be thinking you’ve heard it all when it comes to 3D printing, it’s generally a good idea to wait a few hours and check back with us, as you’ll probably have to think on that again. And when you see news emerging from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), you can generally rest assured […]

While you might be thinking you’ve heard it all when it comes to 3D printing, it’s generally a good idea to wait a few hours and check back with us, as you’ll probably have to think on that again. And when you see news emerging from Lawrence Livermore National...
LLNL Researchers Make Progress Using 3D Printing for Material Strength Testing

LLNL Researchers Make Progress Using 3D Printing for Material Strength Testing

A lot of the science behind 3D printing is intensive study of material properties, especially when it comes to industrial additive manufacturing. Some of the most advanced research of materials for 3D printing is being carried out at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California. We’ve covered much of their groundbreaking research, including studies on […]

A lot of the science behind 3D printing is intensive study of material properties, especially when it comes to industrial additive manufacturing. Some of the most advanced research of materials for 3D printing is being carried out at Lawrence Livermore National...
4D Printing & Origami Allow LLNL Researchers to Explore Complex Structures for Important Future Applications

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 industrial settings, this is a technology that few of us have gotten used to yet or even had time to start taking for granted. That’s […]

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 industrial settings, this is a technology that few of us have gotten used to yet or...
Step Inside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory With Virtual Tours of Facility's 3D Printing Labs and the World's Biggest Laser

Step Inside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory With Virtual Tours of Facility's 3D Printing Labs and the World's Biggest Laser

Some of the most interesting work being done with technology today takes place at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Located in Livermore, California, the researchers at LLNL have been responsible for astounding work with 3D printers in addition to other technology. Their breakthroughs include finding methods to control emissions, the development of better solar energy plants, […]

Some of the most interesting work being done with technology today takes place at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Located in Livermore, California, the researchers at LLNL have been responsible for astounding work with 3D printers in addition to other...
Infrared Technology Helps Researchers Define Temperature & Settings Issues Causing 3D Printing Problems

Infrared Technology Helps Researchers Define Temperature & Settings Issues Causing 3D Printing Problems

I don’t think I’ll ever become desensitized to the magic of 3D printing. Whether enjoying from the desktop as a medieval castle or a Star Wars battleship is plucked off the build plate displaying incredibly fine resolution, or learning about what researchers are doing in the lab, from 3D printing skin in the near future to creating new […]

I don’t think I’ll ever become desensitized to the magic of 3D printing. Whether enjoying from the desktop as a medieval castle or a Star Wars battleship is plucked off the build plate displaying incredibly fine resolution, or learning about what researchers are doing...
LLNL: Researchers Pressure Test 3D Printed Lattices for Dynamic Load Strength

LLNL: Researchers Pressure Test 3D Printed Lattices for Dynamic Load Strength

As 3D printed parts begin to supersede traditional components in a number of sectors from automotive to aerospace and beyond, we expound on the benefits daily. The ability to customize, make smaller batch productions when necessary, allow for self-sustainability in production in the lab or even a developing country, and shaving substantial savings off the […]

As 3D printed parts begin to supersede traditional components in a number of sectors from automotive to aerospace and beyond, we expound on the benefits daily. The ability to customize, make smaller batch productions when necessary, allow for self-sustainability in...
LLNL Researchers Isolate Enzymes with 3D Printing to Convert Methane to Methanol, Harnessing & Controlling Emissions

LLNL Researchers Isolate Enzymes with 3D Printing to Convert Methane to Methanol, Harnessing & Controlling Emissions

Give them the tools and they will create. Give them a 3D printer and they will innovate. Over and over–and in areas where you least expect it–as is the case at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where it would certainly seem that you won’t meet your typical scientists. While there are many examples of their […]

Give them the tools and they will create. Give them a 3D printer and they will innovate. Over and over–and in areas where you least expect it–as is the case at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where it would certainly seem that you won’t meet...
Why is Metal 3D Printing Often Plagued By Porosity Issues? LLNL Researchers Fill in the Gaps

Why is Metal 3D Printing Often Plagued By Porosity Issues? LLNL Researchers Fill in the Gaps

While many involved in 3D printing around the world still haven’t gotten over the excitement of discovering 3D printing with metal—and many still aspire to do so—the researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are already (of course!) way ahead of us all, working on researching the process, techniques, and ultimately, helping all involved to […]

While many involved in 3D printing around the world still haven’t gotten over the excitement of discovering 3D printing with metal—and many still aspire to do so—the researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) are already (of course!) way ahead of us...
3D Printed Foam Could Keep You Warmer and Safer for Longer

3D Printed Foam Could Keep You Warmer and Safer for Longer

It’s easy to get excited about the visible breakthroughs in 3D printing – the 3D printed medical devices, the architecture, the art. What we don’t think about as often are the seemingly mundane and unseen applications that 3D printing is also changing – but they’re just as important. Foams, or cellular solids, are hidden everywhere around […]

It’s easy to get excited about the visible breakthroughs in 3D printing – the 3D printed medical devices, the architecture, the art. What we don’t think about as often are the seemingly mundane and unseen applications that 3D printing is also...
LLNL's New Graphene Bio-Ink Creates MicroArchitectures Allowing for New & Sleeker Electronics that Charge Super Fast

LLNL's New Graphene Bio-Ink Creates MicroArchitectures Allowing for New & Sleeker Electronics that Charge Super Fast

Thanks to the power of numerous brilliant minds at LLNL, we are seeing yet another absolutely spectacular evolution in 3D printing. Teaming up with UC Santa Cruz, the researchers have just released the results of a project involving the creation of a very relevant energy source—after all, what’s more important these days than powering up […]

Thanks to the power of numerous brilliant minds at LLNL, we are seeing yet another absolutely spectacular evolution in 3D printing. Teaming up with UC Santa Cruz, the researchers have just released the results of a project involving the creation of a very relevant...
LLNL & Autodesk 3D Printing Football Helmets, Overhauling Sports Equipment Construction

LLNL & Autodesk 3D Printing Football Helmets, Overhauling Sports Equipment Construction

I live in Colorado, where today even the word euphoric would be an understatement to describe how people are feeling. It’s the day after that glorious Super Bowl win. Bets are being paid, bright orange jerseys are being donned again in celebration (perhaps not to be taken off for a while either), and little boys […]

I live in Colorado, where today even the word euphoric would be an understatement to describe how people are feeling. It’s the day after that glorious Super Bowl win. Bets are being paid, bright orange jerseys are being donned again in celebration (perhaps not to be...
LLNL’s Accelerated Certification of Additively Manufactured Metals Project: Physical Understanding of the 3D Printing Process is Necessary to See Real Industrial Change

LLNL’s Accelerated Certification of Additively Manufactured Metals Project: Physical Understanding of the 3D Printing Process is Necessary to See Real Industrial Change

When it comes to that epic third revolution in manufacturing that many experts have projected via 3D printing, there’s one major stumbling block: people don’t like change. It’s one thing to make a software update, switch vendors, or move a facility to another location–and that’s often traumatic enough–but accepting and instituting an entirely new process […]

When it comes to that epic third revolution in manufacturing that many experts have projected via 3D printing, there’s one major stumbling block: people don’t like change. It’s one thing to make a software update, switch vendors, or move a facility to another...
Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Control Reactive Materials through 3D Printing

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Control Reactive Materials through 3D Printing

Optimization of materials. It’s may sound like a simple enough goal, but it is an ongoing and progressive challenge in many 3D printing research and development projects, with a wide range of different enhancements being possible today–especially with conductivity. Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are now also looking at using 3D printing to control […]

Optimization of materials. It’s may sound like a simple enough goal, but it is an ongoing and progressive challenge in many 3D printing research and development projects, with a wide range of different enhancements being possible today–especially with...