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Unique Moving Supports Reduce 3D Printing Waste by 35%

While additive manufacturing (AM) may save substantial amounts in terms of material waste compared to subtractive techniques, AM is not without its own subtractive procedures, namely in the post-processing of…

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…

Researchers Draw 4D Objects with Pens

One of the beauties of 3D printing pens, like the 3Doodler, is that they lower the barrier to entry of 3D printing even further. Many desktop printers are pretty simple…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 27, 2021: Sandia, Desktop Metal & Uniformity Labs, Thermwood

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re discussing how 3D printed rocks are being used to detect earthquakes, aluminum sintering for binder jet 3D printing, and two pieces of interesting…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 24, 2021: NSWC Carderock Division, Tel Aviv University, Integza

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering several different applications for which the technology can be used: maritime and military, electronics and medical research, and engines. A new digital…

Replicating the Mantis Shrimp: Bacteria Grows Strong Minerals Inside 3D Printed Structure

Evolution is an amazing thing—take the mantis shrimp, for example. To kill its prey, the colorful crustacean pulls back the hammer-like appendages under its face, called dactyl clubs, and then…

Researchers Use Aerosol Jet 3D Printing to Make Efficient X-Ray Detectors

Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays in 1895, and, to this day, they remain a fundamental tool in medical imaging, though a lot of progress has obviously been made since then. Medical…

DTU Researchers Hack XBox 360 to Make Nanoscale 3D Printer

We’ve seen several instances where mass-produced gaming systems, such as the Microsoft Kinect Xbox 360 scanner, have been used for purposes other than gaming. Recently, a team of researchers from…

3D Printed Veggies Made Appetizing & Nutritious for Dysphagia Patients

3D printing has been used in the past to help elderly patients with dysphagia—difficulty swallowing or chewing—by creating inks made from puréed food and extruding them into a shape that…

Autonomous Swarm of 3D Printed Robot Fish Could Swim Where Humans Can’t

We’ve seen 3D printed swarms of robots that are designed to pick up garbage, complete intricate production tasks, and even participate in surveillance, environmental, and search and rescue missions at…

3D Printing News Briefs, February 4, 2021: BGU, KIT, Siemens, Moorebot, USA Luge & Creaform

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got a couple of interesting research papers to tell you about, followed by a software release, a tiny autonomous robot, and how 3D…

Tiny 3D Printed Rocket Thruster Could Democratize Nanosatellites

A study out of MIT shows the first proof of concept for a 3D printed electrospray rocket thruster, built to help nanosatellites navigate orbit. Not only is the new thruster…

Penn State Researchers Make 3D Printing More Efficient with Five-Axis Fabrication

When you 3D print objects that have overhangs, supports are traditionally added to the print before the build begins, because the overhangs are not supported by anything below and your…

Through a Glass Clearly: 3D Printing Glass with Lasers and Clear Silica Resin

3D printing glass is a pretty tricky feat, mainly because it’s hard to maintain the material’s mechanical properties at its very high melting point. But a trio of researchers from…

Circular Economy Under-explored in 3D Printing, Say Researchers

Researchers from UNIDEMI at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal took note of the fact that, while 3D printing could serve as a key technology in a circular economy,…

Soft, Sensitive Robotic Gripping Fingers Made with Multi-material 3D Printing

Soft grippers enable robots to manipulate delicate objects, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re safe to use around living organisms, such as elderly people, so researchers continue working to…

How Satisfying is Your 3D Printer? Researchers Improve Operator “Emotional Fusion” to 3D Printing Equipment

Researchers from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Shenyang University of Technology in China think that the emotional relationship between laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) 3D printers and their operators…

3D Printed Insoles Absorb Sweat to Power Electronics

Sweating is not really pleasant, but it’s a normal, natural way for the human body to regulate body temperature by decreasing thermal stress, which can occur for a number of…

3D Printing + Laser Cutting Opens Interesting Possibilities for 3D Printing Wood

If anything, 3D printing has been an inspiration for out-of-the-box thinking. The plethora of additive technologies out there have become a jumping off point for an entirely new landscape of…

New Process Directly Integrates Liquids into Materials During 3D Printing

If you thought 3D printing with hard materials, like plastic, could be hard, wait until you’ve tried 3D printing with liquids, which sounds like it’s even more difficult. A pair…

Natural Fiber Biocomposites in 3D & 4D Printing: A Review

In an article published in the journal of Materials & Design, titled “A review of 3D and 4D printing of natural fiber biocomposites,” researchers review the fascinating evolution of natural materials and…

Reality or Hype: 3D Printing Improving Performance in Sports Industry?

I’m not a big sports fan, but even I’m aware of the many possible 3D printing applications, from helmets and mouthguards to surfboards and shoes and so much more. But,…

Argonne National Lab Tests Weather Stations with Low-Cost Sensors and 3D Printed Components

For two years right out of college, I worked as an associate producer at a local CBS affiliate, and spent a lot of time learning the ins and outs of…

LLNL Researchers Bioprint Living Aneurysm and Watch it Heal Post-Op

Cerebral aneurysms, caused by the artery walls in the brain weakening, affect roughly one in every 50 people in the US, and are distinguished by a bulging blood vessel, which…