This Week in the 3D Printing World: Geopolymer-Based Concrete Method, Biological Activity of Cerrado Plants, World’s First 3D-Printed Basketball Boots, and More - 3D2GO Philippines | 3D Printing Services

This Week in the 3D Printing World: Geopolymer-Based Concrete Method, Biological Activity of Cerrado Plants, World’s First 3D-Printed Basketball Boots, and More

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This Week in the 3D Printing World: Geopolymer-Based Concrete Method, Biological Activity of Cerrado Plants, World’s First 3D-Printed Basketball Boots, and More

Researchers improve upon trabecular bone-inspired 3D printing infill with new algorithm

  • A group of researchers from the Technical University of Munich, the Technical University of Denmark, and Delft University of Technology developed a new type of infill that gives an object durable strength without making it too heavy.
  • The team designed a complex mathematical algorithm to generate an infill that resembles bone’s porous structure.

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Swinburne University recognized for innovative geopolymer-based concrete 3D printing method

  • CIA grants the Swinburne University an Excellence in Technology and Innovation award for their cutting-edge concrete 3D printing process.
  • The said method uses cement and geopolymer binding materials to additively manufacture complex structures which could revolutionize concrete-based construction process.
  • The winning team’s concrete 3D printing technology uses a 3D printer that has been specially adapted to accommodate a cement material and fine geopolymer aggregates which function as binding agents as the cement is extruded into a solid concrete structure.

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Embrapa to test biological activity of Cerrado plants with 3D printers

  • In a new project from Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa, researchers are working to unlock the potential bioactivity of Cerrado plants through the use of 3D printers, making tissue and organ models for drug testing.
  • Cerrado plants have natural properties that may be appropriate for supporting the structure and growth of living cells.

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Chinese sport brand PEAK introduces world’s first 3D printed basketball boots

  • PEAK, one of the world’s leading professional sports brand, announced at a press conference on August 24 the release of the first-ever 3D-printed basketball boots.
  • The 3D-printed basketball boot deploys a 3D lattice structure in the middle of the sole, while using the 3D-printed TPU structure for the vamp side walls, breaking existing design structure limits and expanding the room in which designers could allow themselves to be more creative, ultimately providing consumers a sports product that is both appealing in appearance and high-performance.

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Making stronger protective gear: Researcher replicate biological structure of lobster claws using electric-assisted 3D printing process

  • A team of researchers worked together to develop an electric-assisted 3D printing process that aligns layers of material in resilient, bio-inspired ways, like a lobster shell’s design.
  • The researchers 3D printed prototypes of human meniscus in the knee, which absorbs shock between the thighbone and shinbone.

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