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Swiss Researchers Inspired by Butterfly Wing Structure in 3D Printing Ultra-Lightweight Structures

Swiss researchers Marco Pelanconi and Alberto Ortona (both from Mechanical Engineering and Materials Technology Institute (MEMTI), University of Applied Sciences (SUPSI)) are testing 3D lightweight structures inspired by butterflies. With…

3D Printed Surfboard: Researchers Test Different Bio-Inspired Core Structures

Just as a New Zealand-based surfer was inspired by the humpback whale and the microgrooves of shark skin when creating his surfboard fins, so too was a team of international…

3D Printed Cellular Fingers Offer Material Balance Required for Modern Robotics

In ‘Toward a Smart Compliant Robotic Gripper Equipped with 3D-Designed Cellular Fingers,’ authors Manpreet Kaur and Woo Soo Kim delve into the world of combining 3D printing and robotics. Their…

3D Printed Self-Healing Material Can Fix Sole of Shoe In Two Hours

The potential uses for unique self-healing materials are numerous, varying from fixing cell phone screens and other electronics to repairing cartilage and other biomedical applications. Now, a team of student and faculty…

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…

Electric Eel Inspires 3D Bioprinting Research That Could Lead to Soft, Biocompatible Power Sources

Electric eels are not evil, as much as Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid would have you believe otherwise. The electric eel is the only species in its genus, and…

3D Printed Connectors Make This Startup’s Sustainable Indoor Garden Grow

The first time we planted a garden in our backyard, I couldn’t get enough of watching the vegetables grow. I would go out in the yard and gently move aside…

Designer Uses Sustainable 3D Printing in Recent Exhibition Blurring the Lines Between Fashion and Art

My wedding dress was so beautiful, I was almost afraid to touch it, much less wear it. Have you ever seen a piece of clothing, or jewelry, and thought that…

Movin’ On with Tweels: Michelin Debuts 3D Printed, Biodegradable Smart Tire at Its Sustainable Mobility Summit

Renowned tire company Michelin joined the 3D printing arena in 2015 when it entered into a joint venture partnership with Fives to manufacture metal 3D printers. This week, its parent company,…

Lowering the Costs of 3D Printing through a Marriage of Nature & Mathematics

Nature is the ultimate designer; what else can we imagine could design something that is self-replicating, converts the energy of the sun to food, creates oxygen, and can last for hundreds of…

Naturebytes’ 3D Printable Stealth Cam for Wildlife Enthusiasts & Citizen Scientists Launches on Kickstarter

Stephen Mowat, Alasdair Davies, and Jon Fidler are the team behind the Naturebytes project, a Raspberry Pi-powered wildlife camera they hope will help inspire a community of digital makers monitor…

These Elegant 3D Printed Coasters Inspired by Nature are Works of Art

Romanian architect, product designer, entrepreneur, and 3DPB.com member Irina Alexandra admits that she’s “crazy in love with 3D printing!” Her most recent foray into 3D design and printing yielded an artful collection…

3D Printed BionicANTS & eMotionButterflies Work & Communicate Together

Taking all those sci-fi stories of robot armies to the next — and more realistic level — Festo has created one on the formicidae level with the BionicANTS, as well as…

3D Printed Fish Scales Inspire Human Armor Development

Probably one of the first things that we learn about animals and insects is how adaptive they are to their environments. The animal that taught me this lesson well was…

Researchers Create Stunning 3D Printed, Programmable, Bio-Inspired Architectural Materials

Biological systems often have the ability to adapt to their environments. They harness external atmospheric stimuli, and as a result, triggers are activated which might result in kinematic shape or…

All Natural 3D Printed Trail Markers Designed to Keep You Safe — and Smarter

At the risk of sounding antiquated, I have to say it: “Boy, things have really changed since I was into hiking.” Having experienced hiking and backpacking trips with directional aids consisting…

Grad Student Uses 3D Printing of Nature and Data to Innovate Upon Architectural Design

3D Printing has plenty of uses. If you frequent this very site, you will learn of new uses on a daily basis. One of the great things about the technology…