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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...
New 3D Printing Method Combines Multiple Vaccines into One Shot

New 3D Printing Method Combines Multiple Vaccines into One Shot

No one likes getting shots, and young children like getting shots least of all. Unfortunately, young children are typically the ones who need to get the most shots in the shortest period of time as they build up their immunity. Experts have talked about the possibility of making life easier for people who take multiple […]

No one likes getting shots, and young children like getting shots least of all. Unfortunately, young children are typically the ones who need to get the most shots in the shortest period of time as they build up their immunity. Experts have talked about the...
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...
MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop 3D Printable Structures That Fold Themselves

MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop 3D Printable Structures That Fold Themselves

Frequently, when we hear about self-folding 3D printable structures, they’re based on origami. But researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a self-folding printable device prototype that’s actually a variation on their 3D printable multimaterial electronic device that was inspired by the golden tortoise beetle. While other researchers have […]

Frequently, when we hear about self-folding 3D printable structures, they’re based on origami. But researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a self-folding printable device prototype that’s actually...
3D Printing: Inside MIT

3D Printing: Inside MIT

It’s almost impossible to discuss advances in 3D printing today, particularly in Boston, without mention of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as the school not only produces well-educated engineers but also delves deep itself into additive manufacturing research. During my time in Boston last week, I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the esteemed campus […]

It’s almost impossible to discuss advances in 3D printing today, particularly in Boston, without mention of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as the school not only produces well-educated engineers but also delves deep itself into additive...
3D Printing Business: Inside Formlabs

3D Printing Business: Inside Formlabs

Formlabs, well known for being the first company to introduce affordable desktop SLA 3D printing, has been working toward a sea change in additive manufacturing with a strong focus on the user experience and true democratization. The company was founded in 2011 and a year later introduced the Form 1 3D printer, which was followed […]

Formlabs, well known for being the first company to introduce affordable desktop SLA 3D printing, has been working toward a sea change in additive manufacturing with a strong focus on the user experience and true democratization. The company was founded in 2011 and a...
Biomedical Research Team in Spain Working on 3D Printed Corneas to Make Up for Lack of Donors

Biomedical Research Team in Spain Working on 3D Printed Corneas to Make Up for Lack of Donors

While there have been some companies researching how to 3D print viable human corneas, it’s not something we hear about often…as least not as much as we hear about other organs that can be donated, like the liver. As corneas are not technically organs – just the outermost layer of the eye that allows us […]

While there have been some companies researching how to 3D print viable human corneas, it’s not something we hear about often…as least not as much as we hear about other organs that can be donated, like the liver. As corneas are not technically organs...
MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop Design System for 3D Printing Topology Optimization

MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop Design System for 3D Printing Topology Optimization

Whether they’re inspired by a gold beetle to 3D print a multi-material electronic device, creating programmable soft 3D printing materials for robots and drones, or making it possible to watch 3D movies at home without having to wear 3D glasses, we’re always interested to hear what new innovation the researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and […]

Whether they’re inspired by a gold beetle to 3D print a multi-material electronic device, creating programmable soft 3D printing materials for robots and drones, or making it possible to watch 3D movies at home without having to wear 3D glasses, we’re...
From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor: Professor John Hart Tells Us About MIT's Upcoming Additive Manufacturing Course

From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor: Professor John Hart Tells Us About MIT's Upcoming Additive Manufacturing Course

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is well known for living up to its name as a center of technological education and research, and additive manufacturing is one of the myriad areas of technology that the university focuses on. It’s a pretty safe bet that any 3D printing course offered at MIT is going to be […]

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is well known for living up to its name as a center of technological education and research, and additive manufacturing is one of the myriad areas of technology that the university focuses on. It’s a pretty safe bet...
MIT CSAIL Introduces InstantCAD, a Plug-In to Make 3D Design Faster and Easier

MIT CSAIL Introduces InstantCAD, a Plug-In to Make 3D Design Faster and Easier

A lot of fascinating research goes on at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Just recently, we learned about the group’s work on the development of glasses-free 3D TV, and now they’re working on making CAD easier and faster. Making changes to computer aided designs can be frustrating and time-consuming, so CSAIL thought there […]

A lot of fascinating research goes on at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Just recently, we learned about the group’s work on the development of glasses-free 3D TV, and now they’re working on making CAD easier and...
3D Printing Patent Landscape

3D Printing Patent Landscape

The field of 3D printing has been growing rapidly for years.  It has applications in many areas of life and the economy, such as healthcare, aerospace, and parts replacement.  3D printing also reshapes supply chains and democratizes manufacturing.  Fueled by this growth, 3D printing-related patent filings are trending upward. The graph and table below show […]

The field of 3D printing has been growing rapidly for years.  It has applications in many areas of life and the economy, such as healthcare, aerospace, and parts replacement.  3D printing also reshapes supply chains and democratizes manufacturing.  Fueled by this...
MIT's CSAIL Researchers Develop a Glasses-Free Way to Watch 3D Movies at Home: the Home3D System

MIT's CSAIL Researchers Develop a Glasses-Free Way to Watch 3D Movies at Home: the Home3D System

Going to see a movie in 3D is a cool experience, but it comes with an essential tool – 3D glasses. As I already wear glasses, not contact lenses, it has to be a really good movie for me to pay extra to see it in 3D and spend two-plus hours wearing two pairs of […]

Going to see a movie in 3D is a cool experience, but it comes with an essential tool – 3D glasses. As I already wear glasses, not contact lenses, it has to be a really good movie for me to pay extra to see it in 3D and spend two-plus hours wearing two pairs of...
MIT 3D Scanning Solution Uses Low-Cost Kinect to Produce High-Resolution Imaging of a Tyrannosaurus Rex Called Sue

MIT 3D Scanning Solution Uses Low-Cost Kinect to Produce High-Resolution Imaging of a Tyrannosaurus Rex Called Sue

Anyone who thinks that the lion is king of the beasts obviously hasn’t taken a good luck at a Tyrannosaurus rex lately. However, since the T. rex has been extinct for a pretty long time, and Jurassic Park is unlikely to become reality, today you can only see models or skeletons of the great dinosaur. 3D printing […]

Anyone who thinks that the lion is king of the beasts obviously hasn’t taken a good luck at a Tyrannosaurus rex lately. However, since the T. rex has been extinct for a pretty long time, and Jurassic Park is unlikely to become reality, today you can only see...
3D Printing News Briefs: June 30, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: June 30, 2017

On this last day of June, we will be covering everything from research to business and 3D software in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. EarthShift Global and HP recently presented at a conference about the economic, environmental, and social impacts of advanced 3D printing technologies, while a Penn State student finished third in a national manufacturing […]

On this last day of June, we will be covering everything from research to business and 3D software in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. EarthShift Global and HP recently presented at a conference about the economic, environmental, and social impacts of advanced...
Using 3D Technology to Recreate the Lost Faces of Herculaneum

Using 3D Technology to Recreate the Lost Faces of Herculaneum

After 800 years of silence, Mount Vesuvius came dramatically to life in August of 79 CE, belching forth deadly gas, molten rock, and searing volcanic ash onto those unfortunate enough to occupy the surrounding towns during its first day of eruption. The following night a pyroclastic surge barreled through the town of Herculaneum at speeds […]

After 800 years of silence, Mount Vesuvius came dramatically to life in August of 79 CE, belching forth deadly gas, molten rock, and searing volcanic ash onto those unfortunate enough to occupy the surrounding towns during its first day of eruption. The following...
Johnson & Johnson Announces New Collaborations to Develop Biomedical Innovation and Advance 3D Printing Technology in Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson Announces New Collaborations to Develop Biomedical Innovation and Advance 3D Printing Technology in Healthcare

Using 3D printing technology to manufacture custom health solutions is not a new idea, and there are many companies that work hard to solve medical problems with ideas that involve 3D printing. The technology has the potential to create customized solutions that offer patients more satisfaction and better outcomes. Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest medical […]

Using 3D printing technology to manufacture custom health solutions is not a new idea, and there are many companies that work hard to solve medical problems with ideas that involve 3D printing. The technology has the potential to create customized solutions that offer...
Lighter-Than-Air Graphene 3D Printing Spurs R&D Tax Credit Opportunities

Lighter-Than-Air Graphene 3D Printing Spurs R&D Tax Credit Opportunities

Graphene is a single-atomic layer of carbon atoms. Organized in a hexagonal lattice, it is considered a “wonder material” that contains an array of properties unparalleled in other structures and materials. For example, it is an excellent conductor with extreme properties in flexibility and transparency. The greatest catch is that graphene is 7.5 times lighter […]

Graphene is a single-atomic layer of carbon atoms. Organized in a hexagonal lattice, it is considered a “wonder material” that contains an array of properties unparalleled in other structures and materials. For example, it is an excellent conductor with...
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