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Researchers Test Two Configurations of Biowaste 3D Printed Microbial Fuel Cells

Researchers Test Two Configurations of Biowaste 3D Printed Microbial Fuel Cells

Researchers and scientists are constantly working to develop solutions that can save our future world, from solving problems like increasing pollution and climate change to producing clean energy. A group of researchers from the University of Naples Parthenope recently published a paper, titled “Development and Performance analysis of Biowaste based Microbial Fuel Cells fabricated employing Additive […]

Researchers and scientists are constantly working to develop solutions that can save our future world, from solving problems like increasing pollution and climate change to producing clean energy. A group of researchers from the University of Naples...
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...
UPenn Researchers Using Jammed Microgels as 3D Bioprinting Inks

UPenn Researchers Using Jammed Microgels as 3D Bioprinting Inks

A trio of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have published a paper, titled “Jammed Microgel Inks for 3D Printing Applications,” on their use of jammed microgels as inks for bioprinting, in order to address the various limitations of 3D bioprinting with hydrogels. Researchers and scientists use 3D bioprinting to organize materials and cells into 3D […]

A trio of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have published a paper, titled “Jammed Microgel Inks for 3D Printing Applications,” on their use of jammed microgels as inks for bioprinting, in order to address the various limitations of 3D...
3D Printing News Briefs: October 31, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween, fair readers! We’re giving you a treat today instead of a trick – our latest edition of 3D Printing News Briefs. First up, Materialise has completed a mammoth 3D printing project, and Australian manufacturing company C-Mac is embracing the technology for the first time. atum3D has revealed what new product it will be […]

Happy Halloween, fair readers! We’re giving you a treat today instead of a trick – our latest edition of 3D Printing News Briefs. First up, Materialise has completed a mammoth 3D printing project, and Australian manufacturing company C-Mac is embracing the...
3D Printed Nanocomposite Can Self-Heal Damage Once Exposed to Room Temperature Water Vapor

3D Printed Nanocomposite Can Self-Heal Damage Once Exposed to Room Temperature Water Vapor

A group of researchers from Canada’s Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems (CREPEC) at the Polytechnique Montréal recently submitted a paper, titled “3D Printing of Self-Healing and Stretchable Nanocomposites Sensors,” in Materials Horizons that explains how they developed a self-healing nanocomposite, made of chitosan (CS) and carbon nanotubes (CNT), that can heal damage once […]

A group of researchers from Canada’s Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems (CREPEC) at the Polytechnique Montréal recently submitted a paper, titled “3D Printing of Self-Healing and Stretchable Nanocomposites Sensors,”...
Researchers Prepare Silicon Carbide-Polymer Composite Materials for SLS 3D Printing

Researchers Prepare Silicon Carbide-Polymer Composite Materials for SLS 3D Printing

Silicon carbide, or SiC, has a lot of potential for use in industrial applications, like aeronautic and aerospace engineering, the automotive industry, and the machinery industry, due to its excellent physical and chemical properties. But, because of the high production costs that come with mold manufacturing, machining, and high temperature and pressure sintering processes, this industrial […]

Silicon carbide, or SiC, has a lot of potential for use in industrial applications, like aeronautic and aerospace engineering, the automotive industry, and the machinery industry, due to its excellent physical and chemical properties. But, because of the high...
Michigan Tech Researchers Recycle Wood Furniture Waste into Composite 3D Printing Material

Michigan Tech Researchers Recycle Wood Furniture Waste into Composite 3D Printing Material

From artwork, instruments, and boats to gear shift knobs, cell phone accessories, and even 3D printers, wood has been used often as a 3D printing material. It’s a valuable renewable resource that stores carbon and is easily recycled, so why wouldn’t we think to use it in 3D printing projects? A trio of researchers from […]

From artwork, instruments, and boats to gear shift knobs, cell phone accessories, and even 3D printers, wood has been used often as a 3D printing material. It’s a valuable renewable resource that stores carbon and is easily recycled, so why wouldn’t we...
Researchers Use Aerosol Jet 3D Printing to Develop Neuronal Interface with More Anti-Inflammatory Ability

Researchers Use Aerosol Jet 3D Printing to Develop Neuronal Interface with More Anti-Inflammatory Ability

3D printing has been used in the past to help treat degenerative diseases, or at least make it easier to cope with them. In terms of neurodegenerative diseases, implanted prosthetic devices are often used, but adverse biological reactions in host tissues can result in signal failure. it’s important to create tissue that can mimic the mechanical and […]

3D printing has been used in the past to help treat degenerative diseases, or at least make it easier to cope with them. In terms of neurodegenerative diseases, implanted prosthetic devices are often used, but adverse biological reactions in host tissues can result in...
SOLIDWORKS and a Form 2 Used to Make 3D Printed Micro Check Valve for IV Fluid Transfusion

SOLIDWORKS and a Form 2 Used to Make 3D Printed Micro Check Valve for IV Fluid Transfusion

Check valves are devices that allow for flow in one direction, while at the same time preventing flow in the opposite direction. The design of this device continues to improve as technology advances, and check valves have been made out of everything from graphene and hydrogels to shape memory alloys and piezoelectric materials. Micro check […]

Check valves are devices that allow for flow in one direction, while at the same time preventing flow in the opposite direction. The design of this device continues to improve as technology advances, and check valves have been made out of everything from graphene and...
3D Printed Artificial Heart Pump Demonstrates Application of Embedded Magnet Printing

3D Printed Artificial Heart Pump Demonstrates Application of Embedded Magnet Printing

Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, set out this spring to make a 3D printed artificial heart pump. He succeeded, though the plastic prototype that took 15 hours to print was not what one would call high quality. But tests showed that the prototype worked, […]

Kai von Petersdorff-Campen, a doctoral student in the mechanical and process engineering department at ETH Zurich, set out this spring to make a 3D printed artificial heart pump. He succeeded, though the plastic prototype that took 15 hours to print was not what one...
Effect of Build Orientation on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of SLM 3D Printed Titanium

Effect of Build Orientation on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of SLM 3D Printed Titanium

One of the challenges of 3D printing is the ability to get repeatable results, like good mechanical properties and identical microstructure, using different build orientations. A lot of research has been published over the years on build orientation, and Patrick Hartunian and Mohsen Eshraghi, two researchers from California State University in Los Angeles, are joining the pack. They published […]

One of the challenges of 3D printing is the ability to get repeatable results, like good mechanical properties and identical microstructure, using different build orientations. A lot of research has been published over the years on build orientation, and Patrick...
Thesis Paper Looks at 3D Printing in the Supply Chain to Determine if it Truly is a Disruptive Technology

Thesis Paper Looks at 3D Printing in the Supply Chain to Determine if it Truly is a Disruptive Technology

Two master’s students, Maryam Salman and Waqas Mushtaq, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) completed a thesis paper together about the structure of the supply chain network and if additive manufacturing can be considered a disruptive technology in business. The paper, titled “Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Supply Chain Network Structure,” is essentially […]

Two master’s students, Maryam Salman and Waqas Mushtaq, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) completed a thesis paper together about the structure of the supply chain network and if additive manufacturing can be considered a disruptive...
Researchers Investigate Parameters of Non-Vacuum Electron Beam Welding for 3D Printing Metal Parts

Researchers Investigate Parameters of Non-Vacuum Electron Beam Welding for 3D Printing Metal Parts

Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication, also known as EBF3, is a wire feed metal 3D printing technique developed by NASA for aeronautics. It has a higher deposition rate than other rapid manufacturing methods, is well-suited for manufacturing reactive alloys, like aluminum and titanium, and can print complex geometric shapes with no material waste. Wire is fed into […]

Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication, also known as EBF3, is a wire feed metal 3D printing technique developed by NASA for aeronautics. It has a higher deposition rate than other rapid manufacturing methods, is well-suited for manufacturing reactive alloys, like...
Technical Possibilities for Making 3D Printed Engineering Components Based on Reused Polypropylene

Technical Possibilities for Making 3D Printed Engineering Components Based on Reused Polypropylene

From bacteria and metamaterials to shape-shifting and support-free, the innovative researchers at TU Delft have worked with a wide variety of 3D printing materials over the years. Now, their focus is shifting to polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer used in a variety of applications, though engineering is not typically among these. TU Delft researchers Fred Veer, Foteini Setaki, and […]

From bacteria and metamaterials to shape-shifting and support-free, the innovative researchers at TU Delft have worked with a wide variety of 3D printing materials over the years. Now, their focus is shifting to polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer used in a variety...
Using 3D Printing to Reduce the Amount of Sugar in Cookies…Without Making Them Inedible

Using 3D Printing to Reduce the Amount of Sugar in Cookies…Without Making Them Inedible

While it may sound great to sit around and eat cookies all day, the fact is that cookies aren’t particularly healthy because they’re chock full of sugar. But, partially because obesity rates have been increasing over the last few decades, people have been more focused on reducing sugar in tasty foods like cookies, or replacing […]

While it may sound great to sit around and eat cookies all day, the fact is that cookies aren’t particularly healthy because they’re chock full of sugar. But, partially because obesity rates have been increasing over the last few decades, people have been...
Research Shows that Silicone Resin Prepolymers Can Be Used for Ultraviolet-Assisted 3D Printing

Research Shows that Silicone Resin Prepolymers Can Be Used for Ultraviolet-Assisted 3D Printing

There are many advantages to ultraviolet (UV)-curable systems, like energy saving, rapid curing, environmentally friendly, and high cost performance. These systems are used often with UV-assisted 3D printing, which deposits layers of photocurable liquid polymer crosslinked by an external UV light source to make an object. Silicone materials are promising for 3D printing use due to […]

There are many advantages to ultraviolet (UV)-curable systems, like energy saving, rapid curing, environmentally friendly, and high cost performance. These systems are used often with UV-assisted 3D printing, which deposits layers of photocurable liquid polymer...
Researchers Make Strong, 3D Printed Expandable Origami Structures for Engineering Applications

Researchers Make Strong, 3D Printed Expandable Origami Structures for Engineering Applications

A collaborative team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Beijing Institute of Technology, and Peking University are using 3D printing to directly build reconfigurable origami assemblages that can expand and fold. But even better, the 3D printed structures also have enough load-bearing capability and strength to be used in engineering applications. In […]

A collaborative team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Beijing Institute of Technology, and Peking University are using 3D printing to directly build reconfigurable origami assemblages that can expand and fold. But even better, the 3D...
Researchers Complete Comprehensive Evaluation of Manufacturing Methods, Including 3D Printing, for Impellers

Researchers Complete Comprehensive Evaluation of Manufacturing Methods, Including 3D Printing, for Impellers

Combustion engines uses turbochargers to boost their performance. But, for multiple reasons, there isn’t a conventional process chain for economically manufacturing the component. A team of researchers from RWTH Aachen University and Robert Bosch GmbH recognized the need for a comprehensive evaluation of alternative manufacturing methods for impellers – 3D printing isn’t the only way […]

Combustion engines uses turbochargers to boost their performance. But, for multiple reasons, there isn’t a conventional process chain for economically manufacturing the component. A team of researchers from RWTH Aachen University and Robert Bosch GmbH recognized...
Comparing FDM 3D Printed Parts with Carbon Nanotubes, Continuous Carbon Fiber and Short Carbon Fiber

Comparing FDM 3D Printed Parts with Carbon Nanotubes, Continuous Carbon Fiber and Short Carbon Fiber

Fused deposition modeling, or FDM, 3D printing has several advantages – thermoplastics can be used, which are easy to handle and are strong and durable enough to be used for producing both prototypes and practical parts. Additionally, FDM 3D printers use a simple mechanism to melt and extrude resin that doesn’t need expensive parts, like […]

Fused deposition modeling, or FDM, 3D printing has several advantages – thermoplastics can be used, which are easy to handle and are strong and durable enough to be used for producing both prototypes and practical parts. Additionally, FDM 3D printers use a...
Investigating Effects of Process Parameters on Surface Roughness of 3D Printed Down-Facing Surfaces

Investigating Effects of Process Parameters on Surface Roughness of 3D Printed Down-Facing Surfaces

From titanium bone regeneration scaffolds and hydraulic components to nuclear components and flow reactors, selective laser melting (SLM), which is also known as DMLS and Powder Bed Fusion, is an especially helpful method of metal 3D printing. But there are still some challenges to face before SLM is a true mainstream manufacturing process, such as process […]

From titanium bone regeneration scaffolds and hydraulic components to nuclear components and flow reactors, selective laser melting (SLM), which is also known as DMLS and Powder Bed Fusion, is an especially helpful method of metal 3D printing. But there are still some...
NIST Achieving Better Laser Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing Melt Pool Control By Implementing Laser Control

NIST Achieving Better Laser Powder Bed Fusion 3D Printing Melt Pool Control By Implementing Laser Control

Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) 3D printing uses a focused, high power laser to selectively melt geometric patterns into metal powder and build an almost fully dense, freeform object. The process, and quality of the resulting part, are influenced by many process parameters, and the laser position, power, and velocity all need to be well-controlled, based […]

Laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) 3D printing uses a focused, high power laser to selectively melt geometric patterns into metal powder and build an almost fully dense, freeform object. The process, and quality of the resulting part, are influenced by many process...
Finite Element Modeling Used to Study How Defects Can Effect Porosity in 3D Printed Lattice Structures

Finite Element Modeling Used to Study How Defects Can Effect Porosity in 3D Printed Lattice Structures

For applications that require lightweight structures able to maintain stiffness and strength, 3D printed lattice structure are often used. The complex forms are simple to 3D print, and their mechanical properties – mostly influenced by relative density – can generally be predicted with a simplified model for open cell foams. An important application is making […]

For applications that require lightweight structures able to maintain stiffness and strength, 3D printed lattice structure are often used. The complex forms are simple to 3D print, and their mechanical properties – mostly influenced by relative density –...
Researchers Use 3D Printing-Guided Method to Create Thermoresponsive Nanohybrid Scaffolds

Researchers Use 3D Printing-Guided Method to Create Thermoresponsive Nanohybrid Scaffolds

3D printed medical implants are typically stiffer and stronger than the surrounding tissue, and while they don’t always adapt well to biological and physical stimuli, that stiffness is important. The biological processes of our bodies are naturally dynamic, and many researchers are working to ensure that 3D printed implants are of the highest quality and will […]

3D printed medical implants are typically stiffer and stronger than the surrounding tissue, and while they don’t always adapt well to biological and physical stimuli, that stiffness is important. The biological processes of our bodies are naturally dynamic, and...
Subjecting 3D Printed Medical Ti6Al4V Implants to Laser Peening Could Increase Wear Resistance

Subjecting 3D Printed Medical Ti6Al4V Implants to Laser Peening Could Increase Wear Resistance

When it comes to manufacturing biomedical implants, whether they’re 3D printed or not, titanium alloys are often used, and one of the most common is medical Ti6Al4V, thanks to its biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and excellent corrosion resistance. However, its use is not widespread due to its poor wear resistance. Additionally, the simultaneous action of both […]

When it comes to manufacturing biomedical implants, whether they’re 3D printed or not, titanium alloys are often used, and one of the most common is medical Ti6Al4V, thanks to its biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and excellent corrosion resistance....
3D Printing Organic Resin Objects with Inorganic Nanoparticles for Anti-Counterfeiting Measures

3D Printing Organic Resin Objects with Inorganic Nanoparticles for Anti-Counterfeiting Measures

In order to keep our 3D printed parts safe from being illegally replicated, we often turn to anti-counterfeiting measures, such as embedded identification tags and QR codes, bar codes, and even quantum dots, which are tiny nanocrystals produced from semiconductor materials. Now, a group of researchers from Zhejiang University in China is looking at using upconversion (UC) nanoparticles for […]

In order to keep our 3D printed parts safe from being illegally replicated, we often turn to anti-counterfeiting measures, such as embedded identification tags and QR codes, bar codes, and even quantum dots, which are tiny nanocrystals produced from semiconductor...
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