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NatureWorks to Invest $600M in New PLA Plant

The largest manufacturer of polylactic acid (PLA) plastic is finalizing its plant to open a new PLA manufacturing complex in Thailand. NatureWorks has received final authorization from its parent companies…

NatureWorks Announces First-of-its-Kind PLA Processing Plant

Biopolymer maker NatureWorks has announced plans to build the world’s first fully integrated polylactic acid resin plant in Thailand. The plant will produce lactic acid, lactide, and the company’s Ingeo…

Desktop 3D Printed Mold Enables Delicate Concrete Furniture

There are countless applications for products and parts made with 3D printed molds, such as prosthetic aligners, microneedles and organ-on-a-chip devices, and even building restoration. Experimental design studio Slicelab, remotely…

Functgraph: 3D Printer, Please Make Me a Sandwich

Talk about 4D printing! Researchers from Meiji University in Japan, Yuto Kuroki and Keita Watanabe, have developed a unique system for 3D printing and then assembling and operating a variety of…

Digital Survey Technology & 3D Printing Used to Create Model of Ancient Mayan Acropolis

Located in the northern Petén Department of Guatemala near the Salsipuedes River, La Blanca is an ancient Mayan settlement, and one of its main archaeological focal points is the Acropolis,…

3D-Printed Bioplastics Analyzed for Material Defects & Degradation

Researchers from Poland and Spain seek more answers in the realm of materials science, releasing their findings in ‘Three-Dimensional Printed PLA and PLA/PHA Dumbbell-Shaped Specimens: Material Defects and Their Impact…

Investigators Explore Impact of FFF Process Parameters on 3D-Printed Parts

Scientists from Turkey continue in the ongoing study of materials science, releasing the findings of their recent research in ‘Investigation on the manufacturing variants influential on the strength of 3D…

Testing the Strength of Hollow, 3D-Printed PLA Spheres

Researchers from Romania have studied the mechanical properties of parts fabricated from polylactic acid, releasing the details of their recent study in ‘Mechanical Behavior of 3D Printed PLA Hollow Spherical…

Recycling Plastics in Fabrication & Design: 3D Printing Raw Materials from Plastic Waste

Alaeddine Oussai, Zoltán Bártfai, László Kátai, and István Szalkai explore ways to improve recycling in 3D printing, releasing the details of their recent study in ‘Development of 3D Printing Raw…

Arcada: Analyzing Properties of Recycled PLA for 3D Printing

Resham Tamang recently presented a thesis, ‘Materials Analysis of Recycled PLA from 3D Printing,’ to Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland. Continuing in the study of materials science…

3D Printing: Successful Scaffolds in Bone Regeneration

In ‘Comprehensive Review on Full Bone Regeneration through 3D Printing Approaches,’ the authors review new developments and solutions in tissue engineering for the formation of cells, as well as proposing…

3D Printing with Bioplastics: Engineering Biodegradable PHA Blends

Jackie Anderson offers a review regarding one of the most critical 3D printing topics today: materials. As innovation continues to grow, so do the options regarding software, hardware, and different…

International Study Develops 3D Printed Water Filter for Affordable Arsenic Removal

Researchers from Indonesia and Korea have come together to improve water filtration systems for developing countries especially, releasing the results of a recent study in ‘Three-dimensional, printed water-filtration system for…

Université de Lorraine: Direct Waste Printing with PLA Pellets Versus FDM 3D Printing

French researchers from Université de Lorraine assess 3D printing techniques and recycling feedstocks, detailing their study in the recently published ‘Mechanical Properties of Direct Waste Printing of Polylactic Acid with…

Analyzing Parameters of Pure and Reinforced 3D Printed PLA and ABS Samples

If you want high-quality 3D printed parts, then you need to choose the right print parameters. Research on this topic is ongoing, and the latest comes from the University of…

As the COVID-19 Pandemic Persists: 3D Printing with Antimicrobial Polymers

“Additive manufacturing (i.e., 3D Printing) is uniquely well positioned to support the shortage of critical medical devices.” COVID-19 may have barely been registering on your radar just a few short…

For a Personalized Look, Try a 3D Printed Pompillon Bow Tie

There’s something fantastically dapper about a bow tie, and a 3D printed version definitely takes this fashionable look the extra mile. Ties and bow ties, along with ascots and scarves,…

$50 Open-Source Colorimeter is Remarkable in Comparison to Commercial Models

Researchers from Michigan Technological University are applying chemistry to 3D printing, detailing their recent study in ‘Open-Source Colorimeter.’ A basic sensor, the colorimeter is made up of a simple light…

3D Printing the Left Atrial Appendage for Better Closure Procedures in Surgery

Mia von Knorring, Areli Reyes, and Brandon Mukai recently submitted ‘Left Atrial Appendage Printing Procedure’ to the Faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University – San…

3D Printing News Briefs: April 23, 2020

We’re talking about 3D printing in education, partnerships, and RC planes in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. First, Y Soft has announced premium lesson plans and an EDU bundle, while…

PLA: The Effects of Annealing & Autoclaving on Mechanical Behavior of Desktop FDM Parts

Researchers from the University of California delve into a very important area of 3D printing for the medical field, experimenting with how sterilization processes affect materials. They released their findings…

Australian Researchers Compare Nose Bolus Made with Traditional Wax Method and 3D Printing

Boluses are used often to protect the body from radiotherapy targeted at specific areas, and 3D printing can help streamline their production. Four Australian researchers published a paper, titled “Comparison…

Researchers Create Low-Cost 3D Printed Polarimeter for Use in Chemistry Classrooms

The adoption of 3D printing in the classroom has opened up new horizons for creating teaching tools. Science teachers, in particular, can make personalized models of nanostructures, and educational tools…

Embedded Sensors for Monitoring Temperature & Strain of 3D Printed Polymeric Parts  

Researchers from Portugal are examining three issues concerning material extrusion (MEX) additive manufacturing (AM) of thermoplastic composites. Their findings are released in the recently published ‘Embedded Fiber Sensors to Monitor…