metamaterials

3D Printed Metamaterials Used for Patient-Specific Heart Valve Models May Help Cardiac Patients

3D Printed Metamaterials Used for Patient-Specific Heart Valve Models May Help Cardiac Patients

Every year, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with heart valve disease, and of these people, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is considered a good option for those considered to be at high risk for open-heart surgery complications. The prosthetic valves come in many sizes from different manufacturers, but if the replacement doesn’t have […]

Every year, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with heart valve disease, and of these people, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is considered a good option for those considered to be at high risk for open-heart surgery complications. The prosthetic...
DCL Researchers' New 3D Printing Software Used to Design Voxel Chair 3D Printed with a Continuous Line of Material

DCL Researchers' New 3D Printing Software Used to Design Voxel Chair 3D Printed with a Continuous Line of Material

Whenever we hear about a new project from researchers and students at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, we know it’s going to be something unique and interesting, like a self-sustaining quarry project in Rio de Janeiro that uses quarry dust as a 3D printing material, developing new methods for 3D printing with concrete, or […]

Whenever we hear about a new project from researchers and students at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, we know it’s going to be something unique and interesting, like a self-sustaining quarry project in Rio de Janeiro that uses quarry dust as a 3D...
Duke University Researchers 3D Print Electromagnetic Metamaterials on a Prusa i3 Desktop 3D Printer

Duke University Researchers 3D Print Electromagnetic Metamaterials on a Prusa i3 Desktop 3D Printer

Duke University has been responsible for several interesting developments related to 3D printing lately, and a lot of those developments have been related to new 3D printing materials and methods. A hydrogel that mimics the meniscus (I love saying that out loud), a technique that allows for the 3D printing of flexible digital storage…and now, Duke […]

Duke University has been responsible for several interesting developments related to 3D printing lately, and a lot of those developments have been related to new 3D printing materials and methods. A hydrogel that mimics the meniscus (I love saying that out loud), a...
Researchers Use PowerPoint Slide and LED Projector to Create Self-Folding 3D Origami Structures

Researchers Use PowerPoint Slide and LED Projector to Create Self-Folding 3D Origami Structures

I remember learning about Microsoft PowerPoint for the first time when I was in junior high, and since then I have used the program often; little did I know that a humble PowerPoint slide would someday be used to help make self-folding 3D origami structures out of photocurable liquid polymers. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of […]

I remember learning about Microsoft PowerPoint for the first time when I was in junior high, and since then I have used the program often; little did I know that a humble PowerPoint slide would someday be used to help make self-folding 3D origami structures out of...
Metamaterials Create 3D Printed, PIN-Protected Door Lock at Hasso-Plattner Institute

Metamaterials Create 3D Printed, PIN-Protected Door Lock at Hasso-Plattner Institute

Just a few months ago, we told you about a really interesting metamaterials project developed by a team of researchers at Germany’s Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI). The researchers created a 3D printed working door handle using metamaterials, without a single moving part inside and 3D printed in one piece. The handle itself is actually more 4D, because the metamaterials adapt […]

Just a few months ago, we told you about a really interesting metamaterials project developed by a team of researchers at Germany’s Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI). The researchers created a 3D printed working door handle using metamaterials, without a single...
Researchers Invent Sound-Shaping Super-Material Using Acoustic Metamaterials

Researchers Invent Sound-Shaping Super-Material Using Acoustic Metamaterials

A really interesting, complex technology we’ve been hearing about more and more often is metamaterials, which are able to morph according to their environment. Metamaterials can be 3D printed, and comprise an entirely new class of finely-engineered surfaces which can perform nature-defying tasks, such as 3D printing holograms, developing structures that can contract depending on exposure to temperature, […]

A really interesting, complex technology we’ve been hearing about more and more often is metamaterials, which are able to morph according to their environment. Metamaterials can be 3D printed, and comprise an entirely new class of finely-engineered surfaces...
Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute Researchers Experiment with Multifunctional Metamaterials

Harvard SEAS & Wyss Institute Researchers Experiment with Multifunctional Metamaterials

While most of us have just gotten used to the wonders of 3D printing, a number of researchers have already moved far beyond that into the realm of the fourth dimension, with materials that are able to morph according to their environment. We’ve reported on this complex new technology from biomimetics to 4D scanning and […]

While most of us have just gotten used to the wonders of 3D printing, a number of researchers have already moved far beyond that into the realm of the fourth dimension, with materials that are able to morph according to their environment. We’ve reported on this...
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...
Hasso-Plattner Institute Researchers Create Metamaterial Door Latch as Example of 3D Printing Versatility

Hasso-Plattner Institute Researchers Create Metamaterial Door Latch as Example of 3D Printing Versatility

What I enjoy about 3D printing and so many of its innovations is that although we’ve certainly had a preview for decades of all sorts of magical looking futuristic inventions to come, with this new technology we truly do often see new products for real world applications today—and redesigns of age-old conveniences—that are unlike anything […]

What I enjoy about 3D printing and so many of its innovations is that although we’ve certainly had a preview for decades of all sorts of magical looking futuristic inventions to come, with this new technology we truly do often see new products for real world...
Northwestern University Research Group Uses 3D Printing to Create Terahertz Lens

Northwestern University Research Group Uses 3D Printing to Create Terahertz Lens

The Illinois-based Northwestern University has utilized 3D printing technology to research a variety of vital applications, from 3D printing fuel cells to 4D printing materials on the nanoscale. Now, researchers from the prestigious institution are looking at 3D printing technology through a unique lens—a terahertz lens, to be exact. Generally unknown within the electromagnetic spectrum, hidden […]

The Illinois-based Northwestern University has utilized 3D printing technology to research a variety of vital applications, from 3D printing fuel cells to 4D printing materials on the nanoscale. Now, researchers from the prestigious institution are looking at 3D...
Solving the Cocktail Party Problem with a 3D Printed Metamaterial Disc

Solving the Cocktail Party Problem with a 3D Printed Metamaterial Disc

If you have ever tried to give vocal directions to your smartphone while amidst a group of voices, you know how hard it is for a computer to accurately select to hear a particular voice in a crowd. This difficulty is commonly referred to as “The Cocktail Party Problem” and a number of efforts, some […]

If you have ever tried to give vocal directions to your smartphone while amidst a group of voices, you know how hard it is for a computer to accurately select to hear a particular voice in a crowd. This difficulty is commonly referred to as “The Cocktail Party...
A 3D Printhead with Single Atom Precision? Enter the Nanobeacon

A 3D Printhead with Single Atom Precision? Enter the Nanobeacon

A source has tipped us off to a possible precursor for an “atomic precision” 3D printhead where the interaction of tailored light with a single atom and individual nanostructures combine to create remarkably accurate results. At the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, this approach is utilized to couple light to a single atom, […]

A source has tipped us off to a possible precursor for an “atomic precision” 3D printhead where the interaction of tailored light with a single atom and individual nanostructures combine to create remarkably accurate results. At the Max Planck Institute for the...
Scientist Says Metamaterials and 3D Printing Will Lead To Invisibility Cloaks In His Lifetime

Scientist Says Metamaterials and 3D Printing Will Lead To Invisibility Cloaks In His Lifetime

The world will get considerably more ‘transparent’ if work being done in a lab in Arizona comes to fruition. Hao Xin, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has discovered synthetic materials which might one day be used to build microscopes with superlenses and even ‘shields’ which could render military equipment and people invisible to […]

The world will get considerably more ‘transparent’ if work being done in a lab in Arizona comes to fruition. Hao Xin, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, has discovered synthetic materials which might one day be used to build microscopes...
Researchers Use Microstereolithography 3D Printers to Print Objects 400X's Stronger Than Current Standards

Researchers Use Microstereolithography 3D Printers to Print Objects 400X's Stronger Than Current Standards

When it comes to 3D printing, most people visualize the process on a macro scale, a scale which can be observed with the human eye. Critics of 3D printing argue that, in its current state, the technology is best used for prototypes. This is because we are limited by 2 factors: Material availability, and resolution […]

When it comes to 3D printing, most people visualize the process on a macro scale, a scale which can be observed with the human eye. Critics of 3D printing argue that, in its current state, the technology is best used for prototypes. This is because we are limited by 2...

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