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PLA in FDM 3D Printing: Studying the Effects of Porosity & Crystallinity

In the recently published, ‘Effect of Porosity and Crystallinity on 3D Printed PLA Properties,’ international researchers look further into FDM (FFF) 3D printing with PLA, examining physical changes during fabrication….

Project PLA Makes Recycling & Composting a Reality in the US for 3D Printing Users

As the ongoing need for and conversation about recycling and saving the environment from plastic trash continues, the concern has expanded to the 3D printing industry—and especially since polymers are…

Researchers Study Behavior of 3D Printed Geneva Mechanisms

A Geneva drive is a gear that will turn a continuous rotation mechanism into an intermittent rotary motion mechanism by adding a driven wheel to the gear with multiple slots….

Kenyan and Zimbabwean Researchers Study 3D Printed Polymer/PLA on Fabric

Researchers from Kenya and Zimbabwe are tackling more complex 3D printing adhesion and material topics in their recently published, ‘Use of regression to study the effect of fabric parameters on…

Chinese Researchers 3D Print Peripheral Nerves for Complex Study Using Enhanced Staining

Researchers are using 3D printing for nerve reconstruction, learning more about how nerves work both functionally and internally in a peripheral capacity. They outlined their methods and results in the…

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…

Experiments with 3D Design and 3D Printing of Mesh Fabrics with FDM and PLA

3D printing and materials are an intertwined science, and one that many researchers, engineers, and manufacturers put a lot of research and development into today—all working toward the goal of…

Jewelry Manufacturing & Digital Craftsmanship

This is an article on my reflections about the future of additive manufacturing and metal printing within the jewelry industry. I believe there is a lot to be said in terms of how metal printing may indeed leave traditional manufacturing of jewelry to be obsolete in due time.

Singapore: Effects of Porosity on Mechanical Properties in FDM 3D Printing

Authors Xue Wang, Liping Zhao, Jerry Ying His Fuh, and Heow Pueh Lee lead a complex discussion about porosity in 3D printing in their recently published article, ‘Effect of Porosity…

Smart Materials: 3D Printing Self-Healing Capsules for Concrete

In ‘3D printed capsules for self-healing concrete applications,’ researchers are exploring the world of self-healing materials further, with the creation of macro-capsules that can actually be filled with a variety…

University of Nottingham: 3D Printed PG/PLA Composites for Repairing Fractures

In ‘Mechanical properties and in vitro degradation behavior of additively manufactured phosphate glass particles/fibers reinforced polyactide,’ authors Lizhe He, Jiahui Zhong, Chenkai Zhu, and Xiaoling Liu explore a new level…

Russian Lab Optimizes FDM 3D Printing Processes Leading to Increased Part Strength of 108%

In this study, Russian researchers sought to optimize FFF 3D printing parameters further, improving on strength and optimization processes. Their findings were released in the recently published ‘Desktop Fabrication of…

PLA Derivatives Suitable for 3D Printing Biomedical Devices

In ‘Differential thermal analysis of the antibacterial effect of PLA-based materials planned for 3D printing,’ authors P. Maroti, B. Kocsis, A. Ferencz, M. Nyitrai, and D. Lorinczy explore the opportunities…

University of Athens Researchers 3D Print Electrochemical Sensing Platform, Testing with Caffeine & Mercury

Greek researchers are 3D printing new sensors for important detection applications, outlined in their recently published paper, ‘Single-step fabrication of an integrated 3D-printed device for electrochemical sensing applications.’ Authors Vassiliki…

Bioprinting for Bone Regeneration with Nanofiber Coated Tubular Scaffolds

Researchers from both Mexico and Costa Rica have joined efforts to further research into bone regeneration via bioprinting, allowing doctors and surgeons to create patient-specific scaffolds for improved treatment. 3D…

Thesis Student Creates Business Case for Desktop 3D Printing E-Cigarette Cases

Thesis student Calvin Smith, at Minnesota State University, brings up a topic most 3D printing enthusiasts and users should be interested in as he explores the limits—and endless possibilities— of…

China: 3D Printing Customized Meshes for Separating Oil and Water

Researchers from China are trying to refine mesh fabrication for exercises such as separating oil from water, with their recent findings published in ‘3D Printing of an Oil/Water Mixture Separator…

Case Study: A 3D Printed Patient Specific Partial Finger Prosthesis

From the University of Nebraska at Omaha, researchers Keaton Young, James E. Pierce, and James M. Zuniga explore prosthetics made via 3D printing in ‘Assessment of body-powered 3D printed partial…

Penn State: 4D Printing with Wood Composites for Architectural Applications

In ‘Designing for Shape Change: A Case study on 3D Printing Composite Materials for Responsive Architectures,’ Elena Vazquez, Benay Gursoy, and Jose Duarte present details on customizing parts to optimize…

SUNY Upstate Medical University: 3D Printing Testing Aids for X-ray Equipment

While there are numerous calls to action right now for greater quality control programs in 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes, researchers at SUNY Upstate Medical University are more worried…

India: Improving FDM 3D Printing Through Process Parameter Optimization

In ‘Process Parameter Optimization for FDM 3D Printer,’ researchers from India discuss varying ways to improve popular fabrication processes, exploring basic parameter settings like density, layer height, and shell thickness—and…

McGill University Researchers: Can We Use PLA for Desktop Bioprinting?

Bioprinting has proven to be useful for bone regeneration, as researchers learn to create more stable structures that mimic human tissue. In ‘Three-Dimensional Printed Polylactic Acid Scaffolds Promote Bonelike Matrix…

Mayo Clinic Researchers Find Success in Feasibility Study of 3D Printed Spine Models

In ‘A Feasibility Study for the Production of Three-dimensional-printed Spine Models Using Simultaneously Extruded Thermoplastic Polymers,’ a group of Mayo Clinic researchers – William Clifton , Eric Nottmeier, Aaron Damon,…

Istanbul: Thesis Student Explores Continuous Fiber Composites in FDM 3D Printing

Although polymers are still the most popular materials used in 3D printing today, many users find themselves limited due to issues with inferior strength and rigidity. Creating composites is a…