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MIT Offers 11-Week Online Course in 3D Printing

MIT Offers 11-Week Online Course in 3D Printing

Some incredible advancements in 3D and 4D printing have come out of MIT, including glass 3D printing, 3D printed construction and much more. There’s a high concentration of knowledge about the technology at the school, and for several years now MIT has been sharing that knowledge through a series of additive manufacturing courses. Beginning on October […]

Some incredible advancements in 3D and 4D printing have come out of MIT, including glass 3D printing, 3D printed construction and much more. There’s a high concentration of knowledge about the technology at the school, and for several years now MIT has been...
MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab Hints at the Future of 4D Design in Pneumatic Objects

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab Hints at the Future of 4D Design in Pneumatic Objects

MIT provides a place for brilliant minds to develop in each other’s company and, not surprisingly, fascinating developments in design and technology are produced there as a result. One of the many internal organizations that create this atmosphere of experimentation and innovation is the Self-Assembly Lab. The Self-Assembly Lab is a research lab dedicated to […]

MIT provides a place for brilliant minds to develop in each other’s company and, not surprisingly, fascinating developments in design and technology are produced there as a result. One of the many internal organizations that create this atmosphere of...
3D Printing Buildings and Insulation for R&D Tax Credit

3D Printing Buildings and Insulation for R&D Tax Credit

The construction industry is embracing more technology and the introduction of 3D printing is one current example. 3D buildings are made by what is essentially a massive 3D printer. The printer consists of a robotic base which has 360 degrees of motion and a smaller arm that prints out various building materials. 3D printed buildings […]

The construction industry is embracing more technology and the introduction of 3D printing is one current example. 3D buildings are made by what is essentially a massive 3D printer. The printer consists of a robotic base which has 360 degrees of motion and a smaller...
The Foam Printing Project Part Two: 3D Printing to Lightweight All the Things

The Foam Printing Project Part Two: 3D Printing to Lightweight All the Things

MIT research specialist Matthew Pearlson is the founder of The Foam Printing Project, an innovative advance building on his idea to use additive manufacturing and lightweight foam for the creation of lighter-weight structures so the world could use less fuel. In part one of our interview, we examine Pearlson’s idea for a new technology; in part […]

MIT research specialist Matthew Pearlson is the founder of The Foam Printing Project, an innovative advance building on his idea to use additive manufacturing and lightweight foam for the creation of lighter-weight structures so the world could use less fuel. In part...
The Foam Printing Project Part One: Lower-Cost, Lighter-Weight SLA 3D Printing with Foam

The Foam Printing Project Part One: Lower-Cost, Lighter-Weight SLA 3D Printing with Foam

In addition to gathering together the latest technologies and materials, 3D printing industry events offer invaluable networking opportunities; the people often make the event, and that goes just as much for fellow attendees as it does for keynotes and scheduled speakers. It was at RAPID + TCT 2017 that I met MIT research specialist Matthew […]

In addition to gathering together the latest technologies and materials, 3D printing industry events offer invaluable networking opportunities; the people often make the event, and that goes just as much for fellow attendees as it does for keynotes and scheduled...
MIT’s 3D Printable Magnetic Ink Creates Rapidly Shape-Sifting Objects

MIT’s 3D Printable Magnetic Ink Creates Rapidly Shape-Sifting Objects

Often, when we’re dealing with 3D printed shape-shifting structures, they move when responding to different temperatures. But the innovative engineers at MIT, who have prior experience with using 3D printing to create shape-shifting materials, have developed a 3D printing technique to create soft, 3D printed structures that can be manipulated with magnets. The research has applications in […]

Often, when we’re dealing with 3D printed shape-shifting structures, they move when responding to different temperatures. But the innovative engineers at MIT, who have prior experience with using 3D printing to create shape-shifting materials, have developed a...
Researchers Develop Multimaterial Voxel-3D Printing Method For More Direct Data to Object Translation

Researchers Develop Multimaterial Voxel-3D Printing Method For More Direct Data to Object Translation

Modern approaches to physical visualization and data representations still mostly use a 2D display of 3D data sets on planar computer screens, which doesn’t always present the best results. A specific research area, known as data or physical visualization, has been growing to achieve the representation of data sets in a physical form through digital fabrication. […]

Modern approaches to physical visualization and data representations still mostly use a 2D display of 3D data sets on planar computer screens, which doesn’t always present the best results. A specific research area, known as data or physical visualization, has...
3D Printed Autonomous Boats Could Reduce Traffic and Self-Assemble into Other Structures

3D Printed Autonomous Boats Could Reduce Traffic and Self-Assemble into Other Structures

Autonomous cars are becoming a reality, as self-driving vehicles finally begin to leave the concept stage and actually arrive on the streets. It would make sense, then, that autonomous boats wouldn’t be far behind, especially in cities like Venice, Bangkok and Amsterdam where heavy amounts of travel take place on waterways within the cities. Imagine […]

Autonomous cars are becoming a reality, as self-driving vehicles finally begin to leave the concept stage and actually arrive on the streets. It would make sense, then, that autonomous boats wouldn’t be far behind, especially in cities like Venice, Bangkok and...
Nervous System Explores 3D Printing to Create Form in Pre-Stretched Fabric

Nervous System Explores 3D Printing to Create Form in Pre-Stretched Fabric

If you haven’t heard of the design group Nervous System, you should take a few minutes to look at the work they have been producing over the past ten years. Founded by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, both graduates of MIT, the studio is based in Somerville, Massachusetts and has assembled an impressive portfolio of […]

If you haven’t heard of the design group Nervous System, you should take a few minutes to look at the work they have been producing over the past ten years. Founded by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, both graduates of MIT, the studio is based in...
Frustum and ANSYS: 3D Software Solutions on Display at RAPID + TCT

Frustum and ANSYS: 3D Software Solutions on Display at RAPID + TCT

We weren’t just checking out artwork and the latest 3D printers and applications or attending press conferences and keynote at last week’s RAPID + TCT in Fort Worth – 3D software was also on display at the conference. While attending the show, I appreciated the opportunity to speak with two companies that are using innovative 3D software […]

We weren’t just checking out artwork and the latest 3D printers and applications or attending press conferences and keynote at last week’s RAPID + TCT in Fort Worth – 3D software was also on display at the conference. While attending the show, I...
Protolabs and 3Diligent Know That 3D Printing Is Not Always the Answer

Protolabs and 3Diligent Know That 3D Printing Is Not Always the Answer

At RAPID + TCT 2018 in Texas last week, in between catching up on the latest 3D printing innovations, products, and themes, we spoke with many 3D printing companies on the floor, along with several businesses that, while offering 3D printing, are not focused solely on this particular technology, but rather in multiple rapid prototyping and digital […]

At RAPID + TCT 2018 in Texas last week, in between catching up on the latest 3D printing innovations, products, and themes, we spoke with many 3D printing companies on the floor, along with several businesses that, while offering 3D printing, are not focused solely on...
Researchers 3D Print Platelets for Faster Healing

Researchers 3D Print Platelets for Faster Healing

Platelets play an important role in the bloodstream – if there’s an injury, the platelets are drawn to the site, where they clot and stop the bleeding. They also release growth factors that help repair soft tissue such as skin, muscle, tendons and blood vessels, as well as “recruiting” other cells to help start the […]

Platelets play an important role in the bloodstream – if there’s an injury, the platelets are drawn to the site, where they clot and stop the bleeding. They also release growth factors that help repair soft tissue such as skin, muscle, tendons and blood...
MIT Researchers Work to Capture Silent Speech with Partially 3D Printed AlterEgo Device

MIT Researchers Work to Capture Silent Speech with Partially 3D Printed AlterEgo Device

Not all of us have the opportunity to have our inner monologue recorded on Twitter or transcribed by a 1950s style secretary, notepad in hand, pen at the ready. The proliferation of recording devices has made it easier to toss off notes on the fly and laptops and phones provide further methods for making our […]

Not all of us have the opportunity to have our inner monologue recorded on Twitter or transcribed by a 1950s style secretary, notepad in hand, pen at the ready. The proliferation of recording devices has made it easier to toss off notes on the fly and laptops and...
3D Printing and the Art of Kirigami Lead to a Bandage That Actually Stays in Place

3D Printing and the Art of Kirigami Lead to a Bandage That Actually Stays in Place

If you’ve ever gotten a cut on your elbow or knee, or even on the joint of a finger, you know it’s a nightmare to try to keep those cuts bandaged. No matter how secure the bandage seems at first, it often pops right off the first time you bend the affected joint. It’s incredibly […]

If you’ve ever gotten a cut on your elbow or knee, or even on the joint of a finger, you know it’s a nightmare to try to keep those cuts bandaged. No matter how secure the bandage seems at first, it often pops right off the first time you bend the affected...
Soft Robotic Fish with 3D Printed Components Ready for Marine Life Observation

Soft Robotic Fish with 3D Printed Components Ready for Marine Life Observation

I am always excited on the days I get to learn about the latest remarkable 3D printing innovation coming out of MIT’S Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). This time, the researchers are taking on soft robotics again, and have introduced SoFi, a soft robotic fish made of silicone rubber with 3D printed components, […]

I am always excited on the days I get to learn about the latest remarkable 3D printing innovation coming out of MIT’S Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). This time, the researchers are taking on soft robotics again, and have...
Educational Initiatives Aim to Reduce Barriers, Provide a Deeper Understanding of 3D Printing

Educational Initiatives Aim to Reduce Barriers, Provide a Deeper Understanding of 3D Printing

The on-demand and complex nature of 3D printing is completely changing how we design, produce, and service products, and many fields are taking advantage of the technology. But, we often hear that one of the barriers to rapid adoption is a lack of knowledge about the basic principles and applications. That’s why it’s important to […]

The on-demand and complex nature of 3D printing is completely changing how we design, produce, and service products, and many fields are taking advantage of the technology. But, we often hear that one of the barriers to rapid adoption is a lack of knowledge about the...
CSAIL Develops Custom Ink That Can Change a 3D Printed Object’s Color in 23 Minutes

CSAIL Develops Custom Ink That Can Change a 3D Printed Object’s Color in 23 Minutes

Have you ever been out at the store looking for an accessory, like a necklace or smartphone case, and then you find one that is perfect in every way, from price to size, except the color is all wrong? According to researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), their new ColorFab method […]

Have you ever been out at the store looking for an accessory, like a necklace or smartphone case, and then you find one that is perfect in every way, from price to size, except the color is all wrong? According to researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and...
Medical 3D Printing Breakthroughs in 2017

Medical 3D Printing Breakthroughs in 2017

Every year, great strides are made in medical 3D printing. Stories that used to be headline news around the world are now becoming more commonplace as personalized healthcare is here to stay: surgeries performed with the aid of 3D printed organ models, people regaining their mobility with help from 3D printed prosthetics. But each year […]

Every year, great strides are made in medical 3D printing. Stories that used to be headline news around the world are now becoming more commonplace as personalized healthcare is here to stay: surgeries performed with the aid of 3D printed organ models, people...
Flubber, 3D Printed Flink and R&D Tax Credits

Flubber, 3D Printed Flink and R&D Tax Credits

Unrealistic scientific discoveries from our beloved childhood movies may be coming to life in today’s science community. In the 1960’s Disney movie The Absent-Minded Professor, Professor Brainard creates a substance that gains energy when it hits a hard surface and dubs it “flubber,” a portmanteau for flying rubber. Similar to “flubber,” Swiss scientists have created […]

Unrealistic scientific discoveries from our beloved childhood movies may be coming to life in today’s science community. In the 1960’s Disney movie The Absent-Minded Professor, Professor Brainard creates a substance that gains energy when it hits a hard surface and...
Novel Volumetric 3D Printing Method for Fast, Complex, Layer-Free Polymer Additive Manufacturing

Novel Volumetric 3D Printing Method for Fast, Complex, Layer-Free Polymer Additive Manufacturing

While 3D printed objects typically take less time to fabricate than objects created with more traditional methods of manufacturing, they’re not always made as quickly as we want them to be. On the plus side, we now have the ability to create parts with designs and geometries that weren’t possible before; however, when it comes […]

While 3D printed objects typically take less time to fabricate than objects created with more traditional methods of manufacturing, they’re not always made as quickly as we want them to be. On the plus side, we now have the ability to create parts with designs...
MIT Researchers’ 3D Printed “Living Tattoo” Lights Up with Responsive Cells

MIT Researchers’ 3D Printed “Living Tattoo” Lights Up with Responsive Cells

There are a lot of creative things you can do with tattoos, particularly the temporary stick-on kind. You can get temporary tattoos made from metallic ink, glitter, and even crystals – but engineers at MIT may be the first to have come up with a “living tattoo” that lights up. The engineers used a 3D printing […]

There are a lot of creative things you can do with tattoos, particularly the temporary stick-on kind. You can get temporary tattoos made from metallic ink, glitter, and even crystals – but engineers at MIT may be the first to have come up with a “living...
MIT’s FastFFF Desktop 3D Printing System is Up to 10x Faster Than Commercial 3D Printers

MIT’s FastFFF Desktop 3D Printing System is Up to 10x Faster Than Commercial 3D Printers

Unsurprisingly, some of the most innovative 3D printing research has come from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whether the university is working on faster 3D design, developing improved protective gear, making childhood trips to the doctor less painful by combining multiple vaccines into one shot, or even improving 3D printing itself. One name we hear often […]

Unsurprisingly, some of the most innovative 3D printing research has come from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whether the university is working on faster 3D design, developing improved protective gear, making childhood trips to the doctor less...
MIT Improves Nanofiber Materials Through 3D Printing

MIT Improves Nanofiber Materials Through 3D Printing

Nanofiber materials are valuable in a number of applications: tissue engineering, solar cells, water filtration, body armor. But the meshes, made up of fibers with nanoscale diameters, aren’t ubiquitous in the commercial world yet because they’re difficult to manufacture with currently available methods. That could be changing, however. MIT researchers have been working on devices […]

Nanofiber materials are valuable in a number of applications: tissue engineering, solar cells, water filtration, body armor. But the meshes, made up of fibers with nanoscale diameters, aren’t ubiquitous in the commercial world yet because they’re difficult...
MIT Students to Investigate Medical 3D Printing Applications of New Citrus-Based Biomaterial

MIT Students to Investigate Medical 3D Printing Applications of New Citrus-Based Biomaterial

New materials for 3D printing are being developed on a regular basis, and a subset of materials developers are focusing specifically on biomaterials. Biomaterials are exactly what they sound like – 3D printing or other manufacturing materials that are made out of a biological base. Biomaterials have lots of advantages – they’re typically good for […]

New materials for 3D printing are being developed on a regular basis, and a subset of materials developers are focusing specifically on biomaterials. Biomaterials are exactly what they sound like – 3D printing or other manufacturing materials that are made out...
Self Peeling Droplets: Can Droplet Control Help Improve 3D Printing?

Self Peeling Droplets: Can Droplet Control Help Improve 3D Printing?

MIT researchers Kripa Varanasi, Jolet de Ruiter, and Dan Soto have recently published a paper in Nature Physics detailing how they can control the adhesion of droplets on surfaces. By changing the thermal properties of a surface, the team has found that they can control if the droplet falling onto that surface will stick, bounce […]

MIT researchers Kripa Varanasi, Jolet de Ruiter, and Dan Soto have recently published a paper in Nature Physics detailing how they can control the adhesion of droplets on surfaces. By changing the thermal properties of a surface, the team has found that they can...
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