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Students Create Buoyancy Compensation Device and 3D Printed Prosthetic Flipper for Sea Turtle

Students Create Buoyancy Compensation Device and 3D Printed Prosthetic Flipper for Sea Turtle

A group of student researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts wrote a paper, titled “Design of a Buoyancy Compensation Device and Prosthetic Flipper for a Green Sea Turtle,” about their work using 3D printing and molding to help a green sea turtle named Rocky who was having a hard time swimming after a […]

A group of student researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts wrote a paper, titled “Design of a Buoyancy Compensation Device and Prosthetic Flipper for a Green Sea Turtle,” about their work using 3D printing and molding to...
Massachusetts Researchers Develop In-Line Rheometer for FDM 3D Printing

Massachusetts Researchers Develop In-Line Rheometer for FDM 3D Printing

Rheology is the study of the flow of matter, and the flow rate of 3D printing materials is fairly important when it comes to the final print. According to a pair of researchers from Massachusetts, it’s actually “the most critical material property” in terms of most polymer melt and liquid processing 3D printing processes, like FDM. […]

Rheology is the study of the flow of matter, and the flow rate of 3D printing materials is fairly important when it comes to the final print. According to a pair of researchers from Massachusetts, it’s actually “the most critical material property”...
Researchers Create Smart Composite Material from Graphene Oxide and Seaweed-Derived Alginate

Researchers Create Smart Composite Material from Graphene Oxide and Seaweed-Derived Alginate

Usually when I think about seaweed, I’m trying to decide which particular sushi roll to order at dinner. But a team of researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island, which is well-versed in unique 3D printing materials, used 3D printing to create a smart composite material out of graphene oxide and alginate derived from seaweed […]

Usually when I think about seaweed, I’m trying to decide which particular sushi roll to order at dinner. But a team of researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island, which is well-versed in unique 3D printing materials, used 3D printing to create a smart...
3D Printing News Briefs: December 30, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: December 30, 2018

In this week’s abbreviated 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got a story on a new type of 3D printing that makes it easy to 3D print small objects, and a distinguished professor gives a TEDx talk about the importance of interdisciplinary research. Wrapping things up, we’ve got a video about an amazing 3D printed 1/6 […]

In this week’s abbreviated 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got a story on a new type of 3D printing that makes it easy to 3D print small objects, and a distinguished professor gives a TEDx talk about the importance of interdisciplinary research. Wrapping...
Top 10 3D Printing Aerospace Stories from 2018

Top 10 3D Printing Aerospace Stories from 2018

3D printing has played an important role in many industries over the past year, such as medical, education, and aerospace. It would take a very long time to list all of the amazing news in aerospace 3D printing in 2018, which is why we’ve chosen our top 10 stories for you about 3D printing in […]

3D printing has played an important role in many industries over the past year, such as medical, education, and aerospace. It would take a very long time to list all of the amazing news in aerospace 3D printing in 2018, which is why we’ve chosen our top 10...
10 Ways 3D Printing Played a Part in Education in 2018

10 Ways 3D Printing Played a Part in Education in 2018

3D printing is often used in education these days, whether it’s being taught as a subject or used to enhance another one. As we’re moving ever closer to the start of a new year, we decided to save you some time and gather the ten best education stories from 2018 in one article. Siemens STEM […]

3D printing is often used in education these days, whether it’s being taught as a subject or used to enhance another one. As we’re moving ever closer to the start of a new year, we decided to save you some time and gather the ten best education stories...
Electro-Assisted 3D Bioprinting Method for Low-Concentration GelMA Microdroplets

Electro-Assisted 3D Bioprinting Method for Low-Concentration GelMA Microdroplets

While low-concentration gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) is biocompatible with 3D bioprinted cell‐laden structures, because of its low viscosity it’s hard to stably make organoids, and even microdroplets, with the material. A team of researchers from Zhejiang University in China focused on fixing this problem in a recently published paper, titled “Electro-Assisted Bioprinting of Low-Concentration GelMA Microdroplets.” The abstract […]

While low-concentration gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) is biocompatible with 3D bioprinted cell‐laden structures, because of its low viscosity it’s hard to stably make organoids, and even microdroplets, with the material. A team of researchers from Zhejiang...
Polyjet 3D Printing Used to Make PDMS Molds for Sliding Trapper Microfluidics Design Concept

Polyjet 3D Printing Used to Make PDMS Molds for Sliding Trapper Microfluidics Design Concept

Microfluidics, which often crosses paths these days with 3D printing, deals with manipulating and controlling the flow of fluids in tiny channels, often on the sub-millimeter scale. Many microfluidic devices have been developed to assist in cell analysis, which is very beneficial for the medical field. For his University of Saskatchewan thesis paper, titled “On the […]

Microfluidics, which often crosses paths these days with 3D printing, deals with manipulating and controlling the flow of fluids in tiny channels, often on the sub-millimeter scale. Many microfluidic devices have been developed to assist in cell analysis, which is...
Comparing the Operational Characteristics of Plastic 3D Printed Spur Gears

Comparing the Operational Characteristics of Plastic 3D Printed Spur Gears

Spur gears, which can achieve high transmission ratio and energy efficiency, are comment elements used in the transmission of motion and high intensity power for mechanical power drives, i.e. belt drives, chain drives, and cylindrical gear drives. These power transmission elements are exposed to non-conforming operating conditions in terms of load and speed, and are also applicable […]

Spur gears, which can achieve high transmission ratio and energy efficiency, are comment elements used in the transmission of motion and high intensity power for mechanical power drives, i.e. belt drives, chain drives, and cylindrical gear drives. These power...
Researchers Decrease Support Structures for Models Through Multidirectional 3D Printing

Researchers Decrease Support Structures for Models Through Multidirectional 3D Printing

In most planar-layer based 3D printing systems, material collapse is prevented on large overhangs by adding support structures to the bottom. But support structures in single-material 3D printing methods have some major issues, like material waste and the possibility of surface damage. This can be helped by introducing rotation and turning the hardware into a multidirectional system, […]

In most planar-layer based 3D printing systems, material collapse is prevented on large overhangs by adding support structures to the bottom. But support structures in single-material 3D printing methods have some major issues, like material waste and the possibility...
Researchers Study Effects of Layer Thickness on 3D Printed PLA Samples

Researchers Study Effects of Layer Thickness on 3D Printed PLA Samples

A group of researchers from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) in Indonesia worked on the mechanical characterization (flexural properties) of biodegradable PLA materials produced by extrusion-based 3D printing methods (FDM, Fused Deposition Modeling, FFF). Plenty of research has been done on various 3D printing parameters, and this research team chose to focus on the effect […]

A group of researchers from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) in Indonesia worked on the mechanical characterization (flexural properties) of biodegradable PLA materials produced by extrusion-based 3D printing methods (FDM, Fused Deposition...
Ireland: Researchers Use 3D Printed Templates to Control and Tune Metallic Nanostructures

Ireland: Researchers Use 3D Printed Templates to Control and Tune Metallic Nanostructures

Metallic architectures with nanoscale features are in high demand because of their unique electrical and optical properties, but aren’t the easiest to fabricate…unless 3D printing comes into play, of course. A collaborative team of Irish researchers from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital published a paper, titled “Tunable metallic […]

Metallic architectures with nanoscale features are in high demand because of their unique electrical and optical properties, but aren’t the easiest to fabricate…unless 3D printing comes into play, of course. A collaborative team of Irish researchers...
Purdue Researchers Form Startup for the 3D Printing of Energetic Materials

Purdue Researchers Form Startup for the 3D Printing of Energetic Materials

Energetic materials are a class of material that contains high amounts of stored chemical energy that can be released, and they are used in everything from airbags to explosives. Last year, a team of researchers from Purdue University used 3D printed energetic materials to create a mini shock wave, and have since continued their work with these unique […]

Energetic materials are a class of material that contains high amounts of stored chemical energy that can be released, and they are used in everything from airbags to explosives. Last year, a team of researchers from Purdue University used 3D printed energetic...
Researchers Use Robotic Arm 3D Printing Process for Mold Fabrication

Researchers Use Robotic Arm 3D Printing Process for Mold Fabrication

Many objects that we call 3D printed, from crayons and chess pieces to turbines and dental aligners, and were actually created using 3D printed molds, rather than being fully printed themselves. A trio of researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design recently published a paper, titled “Design and Robotic Fabrication of 3D Printed Moulds for […]

Many objects that we call 3D printed, from crayons and chess pieces to turbines and dental aligners, and were actually created using 3D printed molds, rather than being fully printed themselves. A trio of researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and...
How Cost Effective are 3D Printed Adaptive Aids for Arthritis Patients?

How Cost Effective are 3D Printed Adaptive Aids for Arthritis Patients?

Millions of people are affected by arthritis, a chronic condition consisting of physical disability and joint pain that can negatively affect the patient’s life. But not only is the condition painful, it is also costly in terms of medical care and expenses that aren’t covered by insurance, such as adaptive aids to help with tasks […]

Millions of people are affected by arthritis, a chronic condition consisting of physical disability and joint pain that can negatively affect the patient’s life. But not only is the condition painful, it is also costly in terms of medical care and expenses that...
Researchers Investigate Applicability of Using 3D Printing for Mass Production of Satellites

Researchers Investigate Applicability of Using 3D Printing for Mass Production of Satellites

As the world works to find faster, more cost-effective ways to get to space, it’s necessary to test out innovative, modern technologies, such as 3D printing, rather than stick to the more conventional but expensive methods. Most current 3D printed thermoplastic satellites are developed as part of academic projects that have a low budget, such […]

As the world works to find faster, more cost-effective ways to get to space, it’s necessary to test out innovative, modern technologies, such as 3D printing, rather than stick to the more conventional but expensive methods. Most current 3D printed thermoplastic...
Researchers Demonstrate Use of Tomographic, Volumetric 3D Printing Method for Soft Medical Devices

Researchers Demonstrate Use of Tomographic, Volumetric 3D Printing Method for Soft Medical Devices

A trio of researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne used a tomographic, volumetric 3D printing method in order to get past the limitations affecting the process chain and patient care that result from the use of casting and 3D printing to fabricate patient-tailored soft medical devices. The group published a paper, titled “Volumetric 3D Printing of […]

A trio of researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne used a tomographic, volumetric 3D printing method in order to get past the limitations affecting the process chain and patient care that result from the use of casting and 3D printing to...
Researchers Develop Tough Hydrogels for 3D Printing Applications in Repairing Load-Bearing Soft Tissues

Researchers Develop Tough Hydrogels for 3D Printing Applications in Repairing Load-Bearing Soft Tissues

The water-swollen polymer networks we know as hydrogels have many applications in the biomedical industry, but in order to use them to repair and regenerate load-bearing soft tissues, such as cartilage, blood vessels, and tendons, we need to create tougher biodegradable hydrogels. This is just what a collaborative team of researchers from the University of Twente, Utrecht […]

The water-swollen polymer networks we know as hydrogels have many applications in the biomedical industry, but in order to use them to repair and regenerate load-bearing soft tissues, such as cartilage, blood vessels, and tendons, we need to create tougher...
US Army Characterized Continuous 3D Printed Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite Parts

US Army Characterized Continuous 3D Printed Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite Parts

A trio of researchers with the US Army Tank-Automotive Research Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Michigan recently published a study, titled “Characterization of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials Manufactured Via Fused Filament Fabrication,” that worked to characterize continuous carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite parts that were 3D printed on a Mark Two 3D printer. The abstract reads, “The […]

A trio of researchers with the US Army Tank-Automotive Research Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Michigan recently published a study, titled “Characterization of Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials Manufactured Via Fused Filament...
Dissertation Investigates Inhibitors and Enablers of 3D Printing in the Manufacturing Industry

Dissertation Investigates Inhibitors and Enablers of 3D Printing in the Manufacturing Industry

Disruptive innovation, a term that was first popularized by Harvard University professor Clayton Christensen, is a concept in which companies continue investing in the development of their established products, and at some point exceed the basic requirements of many of their customers. Disruptors introduce products that meet market needs through lower cost and/or more convenience, and disruption, […]

Disruptive innovation, a term that was first popularized by Harvard University professor Clayton Christensen, is a concept in which companies continue investing in the development of their established products, and at some point exceed the basic requirements of many...
Researchers Develop Helpful AMCET Tool for Estimating Total Costs of 3D Printing

Researchers Develop Helpful AMCET Tool for Estimating Total Costs of 3D Printing

While many companies are working hard to lower the overall cost of 3D printing, whether it’s through eliminating post-processing or offering less expensive materials, sometimes it’s just not possible to make the technology less expensive. That’s why Aditya Mahadik and Dr. Dale Masel, a pair of researchers from Ohio University (OU), are focusing on AM cost estimation instead, so users […]

While many companies are working hard to lower the overall cost of 3D printing, whether it’s through eliminating post-processing or offering less expensive materials, sometimes it’s just not possible to make the technology less expensive. That’s why...
3D Printing News Briefs: November 23, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: November 23, 2018

We’re starting with a little business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs – Intech confirmed its first order for Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1 3D printer, and Roboze CEO Alessio Lorusso has won a prestigious Ernst & Young award. Moving on, researchers are working on 3D printable thermoelectric materials that can convert heat from the surrounding environment and […]

We’re starting with a little business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs – Intech confirmed its first order for Additive Industries’ MetalFAB1 3D printer, and Roboze CEO Alessio Lorusso has won a prestigious Ernst & Young award. Moving...
Researchers Using 3D Printing to Create Ergonomically Superior Keyboard Switch

Researchers Using 3D Printing to Create Ergonomically Superior Keyboard Switch

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, repetitive strain injuries, or RSI, from micro tasks like using a keyboard accounted for employees spending 25,000 hours away from work in 2015. That’s why 3D printed ergonomics for keyboards and other computer accessories are often researched. But, a pair of researchers from Ohio […]

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, repetitive strain injuries, or RSI, from micro tasks like using a keyboard accounted for employees spending 25,000 hours away from work in 2015. That’s why 3D printed ergonomics for...
Researchers Increase Strength of FDM 3D Printed Parts for UAV Applications

Researchers Increase Strength of FDM 3D Printed Parts for UAV Applications

A collaborative team of researchers from Kingston University, the University of Liverpool, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology recently published a paper, titled “Additive Manufactured Sandwich Composite/ABS Parts for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Applications,” that looks into using sandwich-structured composites with core material fabricated by FDM 3D printing, laminated with a thin, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) […]

A collaborative team of researchers from Kingston University, the University of Liverpool, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology recently published a paper, titled “Additive Manufactured Sandwich Composite/ABS Parts for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle...
UL and Georgia Tech Continue Research Into Impact of 3D Printing Emissions on Indoor Air Quality

UL and Georgia Tech Continue Research Into Impact of 3D Printing Emissions on Indoor Air Quality

In 2015, non-profit safety science company Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and its Chemical Research Initiative, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, worked together to conduct a two-year study on desktop 3D printer emissions. Over the course of the study, Dr. Marilyn Black, the Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor at UL Chemical Safety, and the rest […]

In 2015, non-profit safety science company Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and its Chemical Research Initiative, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, worked together to conduct a two-year study...
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