sensors

Civil Engineering Applications: Researchers 3D Print Packaging for Fiber Optic Sensors

In a bustling world full of ever-expanding technology, there is much going on behind the scenes, in the air, and underground, that we don’t even think about. Fiber optics are…

ViscoTec’s Latest Two-Component Printhead 3D Prints Polyurethanes, Silicone and Epoxies With More Precision

Germany company ViscoTec makes systems that are required for conveying, dosing, applying, filling, and emptying medium to high-viscosity fluids. Based in Bavaria with subsidiaries in China, India, Singapore, and the US, ViscoTec…

Research Group Creates 3D Printed Sensor that Changes Color When Exposed to Wet Conditions

A collaborative group of scientists from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the Institute for Materials Science in Madrid (ICMM-CSIC), and the…

3D Printing Metals Onto Fabric for Inexpensive Antenna, Sensors and Wearables

A group of researchers from Imperial College London has developed a technique for 3D printing metals such as silver, gold and platinum onto natural fabrics. The process could also be used…

Defense Logistics Agency Awards Senvol Grant to Predict Mechanical Performance of 3D Printed Parts

New York-based Senvol, which provides data to companies to help them adopt 3D printing into their workflows, has been pretty focused on military applications as of late. The company joined the National Armaments…

3D Printing Used to Develop Tactile Sensor

Tactile sensors are used in the development of robotics, computers and security systems. They are often used in touchscreens, as well as to mimic the human sense of touch for…

3D Printed Fins Help Surfers Catch the Perfect Wave…and May Signal a Sports Industry Revolution

If you like 3D printing just as much as you enjoy riding those gnarly waves, you may remember when a research team from the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia…

NextFlex Funding: Recipients Include Projects Regarding 3D Printed Antenna and Flexible Circuits

Formed as the result of an agreement between the US Department of Defense and FlexTech Alliance in 2015, NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, is a consortium made up of…

Robot Builds IKEA Furniture Using 3D Camera, Grippers, and Force Sensors

The wonder that is IKEA has brought us many delights over the years – beautifully decorated showrooms, those tasty Swedish meatballs, and mostly easy to build furniture that, if not itself 3D…

US Army Demonstrates Latest 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Drone Technologies

There are many military applications for 3D printing, from manufacturing grenade launchers and body armor to building drones and customizing military meals. Last year, the US Army released a report detailing its…

UK Students Design and Build Inexpensive 3D Printed Robotic Prosthetic Hand

According to the National Health Service (NHS), about 6,000 major limb amputations are carried out in the UK each year. Functional prosthetics can help, but they tend to be costly,…

3D Printed Smartphone Case Can Be Used to Detect High Blood Pressure in Developing Countries

Far more than just a communication device and a place to play endless games of solitaire, the smartphone has turned our lives upside down since it was introduced. It is…

Renishaw Case Study: Benefits of Smart Implants with Sensor and 3D Printing Technologies

One of the many reasons I am grateful to be living in the current century is a much higher quality of healthcare. In times past, blacksmiths and barbers were also…

Harvard Researchers Develop Novel 3D Printing Method to Give Soft Robotic Gripper the Ability to Sense Its Surroundings

Soft robotics has turned the idea of robots only being made of hard, rigid parts on its tail, and pairing the technology with 3D printing has led to some remarkable…

3D Printing Used to Develop Sensors That Measure Plants’ Use of Water

Plants don’t talk, so humans can only observe to see how well they’re doing or how they’re reacting to their treatment and environment. But researchers at Iowa State University have…

3D Printed Steel Pedestrian Bridge On Track for Amsterdam Installation in 2018, Research Team To Test and Analyze Structure

There are concrete 3D printed bridges, and bridges 3D printed out of modified plastic. Now, we’re one step closer to seeing a first-of-its-kind bridge built by robots and 3D printed using…

Researchers Mix Metal-Organic Frameworks with 3D Printing Plastic to Create New Sensors

If you have been following 3D printing even for just a short amount of time, then you are probably aware that while one surprising innovation after another seems to pop…

Low-Cost 3D Printed Lens Set to Improve Vehicle Radar Systems

As we get closer to adopting self-driving vehicles around the world, safety systems, like crosswind stabilization, collision avoidance, and adaptive cruise control, are becoming more advanced than ever. But unfortunately,…

Made In Space Announces That Final 3D Printed Test Shield for Radiation Experiments Aboard the BEAM Is Complete

Earlier this summer, we heard about radiation experiments being conducted on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This experimental module, made by Bigelow Aerospace, was…

3D Printing Helps UCL and Microsoft Research Gamify Cystic Fibrosis Breathing Treatment

I have never been much of a video gamer, but I’m a little obsessed with playing Angry Birds on my phone. There aren’t a lot of high stakes in that…

Movin’ On with Tweels: Michelin Debuts 3D Printed, Biodegradable Smart Tire at Its Sustainable Mobility Summit

Renowned tire company Michelin joined the 3D printing arena in 2015 when it entered into a joint venture partnership with Fives to manufacture metal 3D printers. This week, its parent company,…

Carmera Officially Launches to Gather Real-Time 3D Mapping Data for Autonomous Vehicle Makers…and Everyone Else

While it’s true that social media connects pretty much everyone these days, on a different level, roads are what physically connect us – to the grocery store, to school and work,…

Soft Robotics and 3D Printing Used to Make Flexible Gloves that Allow Users to Experience Tactile Feedback in a VR Environment

Earlier this month, researchers at the University of California San Diego presented its soft robot, capable of walking over rough terrain with four 3D printed legs. Now, a different team…

Researchers Develop Technique to 3D Print Flexible, Electronic Sensory Devices, Bringing Us One Step Closer to Printing on Human Skin

Researchers have been working hard to create 3D printed robotic prosthetic hands that look, and feel like, a real human hand; a team at the University of Wollongong developed a…