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Adding Lignin & Curcumin to PLA for 3D Printed Wound Healing Meshes

Adding Lignin & Curcumin to PLA for 3D Printed Wound Healing Meshes

As innovation in materials grows into a vast science—especially within the 3D and 4D printing realms, medical patients of today and the future can look forward to improved, patient-specific care. Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast study the implications and potential with enhanced PLA in ‘Antioxidant PLA Composites Containing Lignin for 3D Printing Applications: A Potential […]

As innovation in materials grows into a vast science—especially within the 3D and 4D printing realms, medical patients of today and the future can look forward to improved, patient-specific care. Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast study the implications and...
Researchers Tailor Graphene Content in Bespoke Filament for 3D Printed Porous Anodes in Batteries

Researchers Tailor Graphene Content in Bespoke Filament for 3D Printed Porous Anodes in Batteries

Long-lasting, rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are finding their way into aerospace and military applications, among others. As the demand for energy consumption rises at the same time the pressure for reducing our usage of fossil fuels is, our society is working hard to find innovative ways […]

Long-lasting, rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are finding their way into aerospace and military applications, among others. As the demand for energy consumption rises at the same time the pressure for...
3D Printing News Briefs: April 6, 2019

3D Printing News Briefs: April 6, 2019

We’re starting off today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with a product launch announcement – 3YOURMIND launched the full version of its Agile MES software software this week at AMUG 2019. Moving on, Sintratec will present its latest SLS 3D printer at RAPID + TCT next month in Detroit, Tiamet3D has joined Ultimaker’s material alliance program, […]

We’re starting off today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with a product launch announcement – 3YOURMIND launched the full version of its Agile MES software software this week at AMUG 2019. Moving on, Sintratec will present its latest SLS 3D printer at...
Improving 3D Printing Materials with PLA/Graphene/Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composites

Improving 3D Printing Materials with PLA/Graphene/Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Composites

Researchers from all over the world have come together to further the study of materials science in 3D printing, with their findings recently published in ‘PLA/Graphene/MWCNT Composites with Improved Electrical and Thermal Properties Suitable for FDM 3D Printing Applications.’ While there may be a variety of different polymeric materials available today for 3D printing, polylactic […]

Researchers from all over the world have come together to further the study of materials science in 3D printing, with their findings recently published in ‘PLA/Graphene/MWCNT Composites with Improved Electrical and Thermal Properties Suitable for FDM 3D Printing...
Research Duo Uses Simulation and PLA to Make Lightweight 3D Printed Antenna Prototype

Research Duo Uses Simulation and PLA to Make Lightweight 3D Printed Antenna Prototype

While most 3D printed antennas are made with metal, two researchers from Turkey’s Yasar University recently completed a study about using PLA material to make a 3D printed conical corrugated horn antenna, which is used to feed reflector antennas in direct broadcast satellite (DBS) systems. The paper, titled “The Prototype of a Wideband Ku-Band Conical Corrugated […]

While most 3D printed antennas are made with metal, two researchers from Turkey’s Yasar University recently completed a study about using PLA material to make a 3D printed conical corrugated horn antenna, which is used to feed reflector antennas in direct...
NatureWorks Introducing New Ingeo 3D450 PLA 3D Printing Formulation

NatureWorks Introducing New Ingeo 3D450 PLA 3D Printing Formulation

Advanced materials company NatureWorks, headquartered in Minnesota and jointly owned by Cargill and chemical producer PTT Global Chemical in Thailand, is the world’s leading manufacturer of Ingeo material, a PLA biopolymer. Much of the PLA used in 3D printing comes from Natureworks. Valued due to their unique functional properties, Ingeo materials are used in multiple […]

Advanced materials company NatureWorks, headquartered in Minnesota and jointly owned by Cargill and chemical producer PTT Global Chemical in Thailand, is the world’s leading manufacturer of Ingeo material, a PLA biopolymer. Much of the PLA used in 3D printing...
Recycled PLA Shows Highly Variable Strength

Recycled PLA Shows Highly Variable Strength

3D printing, as well as 4D printing, have opened up an ever-expanding realm of hardware, software, and unique methods for constructing complex geometries. Along with that though also comes a vast array of materials which is continually growing—but many researchers and engineers still use the old standbys like ABS and PLA. Efforts to recycle 3D […]

3D printing, as well as 4D printing, have opened up an ever-expanding realm of hardware, software, and unique methods for constructing complex geometries. Along with that though also comes a vast array of materials which is continually growing—but many researchers and...
Cost Sensitivity Analysis Performed for 3D Printed, Open Source Infant Clubfoot Brace

Cost Sensitivity Analysis Performed for 3D Printed, Open Source Infant Clubfoot Brace

Congential talipes equinovarus (CTEV), perhaps better known as clubfoot, is one of the most common congenital physical deformities, as it occurs at least once every 1,000 births. In countries like the US, CTEV is diagnosed at birth and treated while the patient is still a young child, using a method of weekly manipulation and casting, […]

Congential talipes equinovarus (CTEV), perhaps better known as clubfoot, is one of the most common congenital physical deformities, as it occurs at least once every 1,000 births. In countries like the US, CTEV is diagnosed at birth and treated while the patient is...
TextileLab and Fabricademy: Interview with Anastasia Pistofidou on Sustainably 3D Printing Fashion

TextileLab and Fabricademy: Interview with Anastasia Pistofidou on Sustainably 3D Printing Fashion

Fashion and sustainability are two words that feel as antonyms nowadays. The mass production of clothing and ethically doubtful methods of manufacture give one of the biggest economic forces one of the top rankings of the most polluting sectors. This creates a negative social influence and climatic impact that makes obvious the need for a […]

Fashion and sustainability are two words that feel as antonyms nowadays. The mass production of clothing and ethically doubtful methods of manufacture give one of the biggest economic forces one of the top rankings of the most polluting sectors. This creates a...
Georgia Tech Research: Desktop FDM 3D Printing Particle Emissions May Be Dangerous to Humans

Georgia Tech Research: Desktop FDM 3D Printing Particle Emissions May Be Dangerous to Humans

Sometimes 3D printing may seem to be almost too good to be true, offering what can sometimes be astounding benefits in affordability, production of speed, self-sustainability, and savings in materials and labor. The downsides are few, but as with the use of any machinery, the topic of safety should always present. And although physical hazards […]

Sometimes 3D printing may seem to be almost too good to be true, offering what can sometimes be astounding benefits in affordability, production of speed, self-sustainability, and savings in materials and labor. The downsides are few, but as with the use of any...
BigRep 3D Printers Used to Make Replicas of Apollo 11 Capsule for Oscar-Nominated Film ‘First Man’

BigRep 3D Printers Used to Make Replicas of Apollo 11 Capsule for Oscar-Nominated Film ‘First Man’

It’s safe to say that in Ohio at least, winter is here with a vengeance. But while I’m already sick of the ice and snow that come part and parcel with the season, I do actually like winter for another, very different reason: the movies. We are now deep in awards show season, with the […]

It’s safe to say that in Ohio at least, winter is here with a vengeance. But while I’m already sick of the ice and snow that come part and parcel with the season, I do actually like winter for another, very different reason: the movies. We are now deep in...
Researchers Work to Improve PLA Properties Through Thermal Treatment

Researchers Work to Improve PLA Properties Through Thermal Treatment

PLA is one of the most commonly used 3D printing materials, but it is not without its problems. According to a group of researchers in a paper entitled “In-process thermal treatment of polylactic acid in fused deposition modelling,” the mechanical strength of PLA depends on the proper growth of its semi-crystalline structure, which can be […]

PLA is one of the most commonly used 3D printing materials, but it is not without its problems. According to a group of researchers in a paper entitled “In-process thermal treatment of polylactic acid in fused deposition modelling,” the mechanical strength...
Gantri Designers Continue Elevating Style with 3D Printed Lamps

Gantri Designers Continue Elevating Style with 3D Printed Lamps

While you may not think that a technology so often used by hobbyists to make small plastic toys could be responsible for the creation of elegant housewares, you would definitely be wrong. In 2017, London School of Economics graduate Ian Yang founded California-based housewares company Gantri, which is dedicated to selling beautiful 3D printed lamps made by designers […]

While you may not think that a technology so often used by hobbyists to make small plastic toys could be responsible for the creation of elegant housewares, you would definitely be wrong. In 2017, London School of Economics graduate Ian Yang founded California-based...
Maker Publishes Instructables About 3D Printing Favorite Vintage Games

Maker Publishes Instructables About 3D Printing Favorite Vintage Games

Whenever I visit Target to pick up something in the toy department, whether it’s a present for my nieces or one of my friends’ kids, I also enjoy stopping in the tiny section at the end that features retro toys, such as the old Fisher Price record player and the classic sock monkey doll. I […]

Whenever I visit Target to pick up something in the toy department, whether it’s a present for my nieces or one of my friends’ kids, I also enjoy stopping in the tiny section at the end that features retro toys, such as the old Fisher Price record player...
Investigating the Deformation of 3D Printed PLA

Investigating the Deformation of 3D Printed PLA

In a paper entitled “Improved Model and Experimental Validation of Deformation in Fused Filament Fabrication of Poly Lactic Acid,” a group of researchers evaluates deformation in 3D printed PLA. Because PLA is mostly 3D printed with relatively small desktop 3D printers, the researchers state, not much attention has been given to the challenges that large-scale […]

In a paper entitled “Improved Model and Experimental Validation of Deformation in Fused Filament Fabrication of Poly Lactic Acid,” a group of researchers evaluates deformation in 3D printed PLA. Because PLA is mostly 3D printed with relatively small...
3D Printable Modular Record Player Lenco-MD Launches on Kickstarter

3D Printable Modular Record Player Lenco-MD Launches on Kickstarter

Just this morning, a Kickstarter campaign launched for the Lenco-MD, a 3D printed record player created by Dutch knowledge-sharing community Qeske, Swiss quality Hi-Fi manufacturer Lenco, and 3D printer manufacturer Reprap Universe (RRU). While the Lenco-MD certainly turns the concept of the classic record player on its head, it’s certainly not the first one to be created with 3D […]

Just this morning, a Kickstarter campaign launched for the Lenco-MD, a 3D printed record player created by Dutch knowledge-sharing community Qeske, Swiss quality Hi-Fi manufacturer Lenco, and 3D printer manufacturer Reprap Universe (RRU). While the Lenco-MD certainly...
Engineer’s 3D Printed Spinning Top Toys Debut on Kickstarter

Engineer’s 3D Printed Spinning Top Toys Debut on Kickstarter

Launching a new product on popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter, especially one as high-tech as a 3D printer, can be a risky move. Entrepreneurs and startups put a lot on the line when trying to develop and sell complex devices like 3D printers, but the customers who shell out money for expensive rewards take on a […]

Launching a new product on popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter, especially one as high-tech as a 3D printer, can be a risky move. Entrepreneurs and startups put a lot on the line when trying to develop and sell complex devices like 3D printers, but the customers who...
Blending PLA and PBS Creates a Better 3D Printer Filament

Blending PLA and PBS Creates a Better 3D Printer Filament

In a paper entitled “Preparation and Characterization of Poly(butylene succinate)/Polylactide Blends for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing,” a group of researchers discusses how they developed a new type of biodegradable material with high strength and toughness to be used for FDM 3D printing. A series of poly(butylene succinate) (PBS)-based polymer materials was blended with PLA. […]

In a paper entitled “Preparation and Characterization of Poly(butylene succinate)/Polylactide Blends for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing,” a group of researchers discusses how they developed a new type of biodegradable material with high strength and...
Tsinghua University Investigates if Blends of PLA and PBS are Suitable for FDM 3D Printing

Tsinghua University Investigates if Blends of PLA and PBS are Suitable for FDM 3D Printing

A trio of researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing recently published a paper, titled “Preparation and Characterization of Poly(butylene succinate)/Polylactide Blends for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing,” about preparing material blends of PLA and PBS with various compositions, then validating if they are suitable for use as filaments for FDM 3D printing. The abstract reads, “To […]

A trio of researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing recently published a paper, titled “Preparation and Characterization of Poly(butylene succinate)/Polylactide Blends for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing,” about preparing material blends of PLA...
Strengths of Three Materials Combine to Form Composite 3D Printed Components

Strengths of Three Materials Combine to Form Composite 3D Printed Components

In a paper entitled “On the 3D printing of recycled ABS, PLA and HIPS thermoplastics for structural applications,” a group of researchers discusses multi-material 3D printing for structural applications. The materials they use are recycled ABS, PLA and HIPS to create composite parts. The point was to combine the materials so that the final component […]

In a paper entitled “On the 3D printing of recycled ABS, PLA and HIPS thermoplastics for structural applications,” a group of researchers discusses multi-material 3D printing for structural applications. The materials they use are recycled ABS, PLA and...
3D Printed PLA and PCL Composite Biodegradable Stents Show Promise

3D Printed PLA and PCL Composite Biodegradable Stents Show Promise

Biodegradable stents have shown great potential in reducing complications in patients, but they require further study, according to the authors of a paper entitled “3D-Printed PCL/PLA Composite Stents: Towards a New Solution to Cardiovascular Problems.” The researchers outline five main requirements that a biodegradable stent must meet: Their manufacturing process should be precise Degradation should […]

Biodegradable stents have shown great potential in reducing complications in patients, but they require further study, according to the authors of a paper entitled “3D-Printed PCL/PLA Composite Stents: Towards a New Solution to Cardiovascular Problems.”...
Comparing Desktop 3D Printing and Injection Molding PLA Samples

Comparing Desktop 3D Printing and Injection Molding PLA Samples

Comparisons are constantly being made between 3D printing and injection molding. Manufacturers of 3D printers and 3D printing materials strive to achieve the finish and detail that injection molding is known for, while enjoying the speed and cost benefits of 3D printing. In a study entitled “Toward a Better Understanding of the Fused Deposition Modeling […]

Comparisons are constantly being made between 3D printing and injection molding. Manufacturers of 3D printers and 3D printing materials strive to achieve the finish and detail that injection molding is known for, while enjoying the speed and cost benefits of 3D...
India: Researchers Investigate Validity of Multi-Material 3D Printing for Structural Applications

India: Researchers Investigate Validity of Multi-Material 3D Printing for Structural Applications

While it is obvious the impact of 3D printing is going to continue to be enormous for industries around the world, there are still challenges—and skeptics. Despite a multitude of new materials (with a focus on metal for many different industrial companies) available for printers of all sizes today, questions continue regarding the strength and […]

While it is obvious the impact of 3D printing is going to continue to be enormous for industries around the world, there are still challenges—and skeptics. Despite a multitude of new materials (with a focus on metal for many different industrial companies) available...
The Effect of Temperature on 3D Printed PLA Clay Nanocomposites

The Effect of Temperature on 3D Printed PLA Clay Nanocomposites

  In a paper entitled “3D Printing of PLA/clay Nanocomposites: Influence of Printing Temperature on Printed Samples Properties,” a group of researchers investigate the possibility of using a layered silicate-reinforced PLA in 3D printing applications. In particular, they examine the influence of printing temperature in 3D printing clay/PLA nanocomposites. “For this reason, two PLA grades […]

  In a paper entitled “3D Printing of PLA/clay Nanocomposites: Influence of Printing Temperature on Printed Samples Properties,” a group of researchers investigate the possibility of using a layered silicate-reinforced PLA in 3D printing applications....
Print Your Mind 3D Launches 3D Printer Filament Recycling Challenge for High School Students

Print Your Mind 3D Launches 3D Printer Filament Recycling Challenge for High School Students

In response to the ever-growing problem of 3D printing filament waste, Calgary-based professional desktop 3D printer provider and social enterprise Print Your Mind 3D, which works to always practice business in a socially responsible way, is tasking high school students in Alberta with crowdsourcing viable solutions to turn this wasted plastic into useful products and tools. This […]

In response to the ever-growing problem of 3D printing filament waste, Calgary-based professional desktop 3D printer provider and social enterprise Print Your Mind 3D, which works to always practice business in a socially responsible way, is tasking high school...
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