University of Southampton 3D printers solve million year old flipper mystery
- Researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK have used 3D printing to uncover facts about the plesiosaur — a creature that swam in oceans around 203 million years ago.
- To determine the swim-path of plesiosaur flippers, Southampton researchers — alongside partners at the University of Bristol — 3D printed models based on the dimensions of a fossil skeleton.
New Brunswick researcher to study thought-controlled 3D printing
- New Brunswick researchers are plotting what they call the “factories of the future” by developing 3D-printing technologies they said could pave the way for the next industrial revolution.
- The said researcher intends to take the advantages of additive manufacturing technology to the next level by developing 3D-printing methods capable of introducing new behaviours that cannot be found in conventional materials
- He also added that he wants to “push the boundaries” of manufacturing by investigating the possibility of 3D printing powered by thought.
Ceramic foam ink allows for 3D printing of continuously variable properties
- Researchers from Harvard and MIT have developed a new method to 3D print bioinspired ceramic materials with independently tunable macro- and microscale porosity using a ceramic foam ink.
- This method can be used in applications such as bone tissue scaffolds using variable stiffness, battery electrodes, filters, mechanically robust insulation, or catalyst supports that employ porosity gradients.
Doctors in Gaza are 3D printing stethoscopes and other much-needed medical supplies
- A team of innovative and resourceful doctors in Gaza 3D prints simple medical supplies which are not easily accessible and are high demand in the war-torn region.
- The 3D printed stethoscopes, which cost only about $3 to make, reportedly work just as well as their branded counterparts.
Harvard’s hybrid 3D printing method created electronic second skin
- Using a hybrid method, researchers at Harvard University have been able to unlock a new range of materials for the technology, enabling the creation of “soft electronic devices of nearly every size and shape.”
- Activated by “soft”, flexible electronics, this kind of second skin will enable seamless interaction between wearers and their technology, enhancing the human ability to make decisions and perform tasks.
- The system works using a single nozzle capable of extruding TPU, silver electronic inks, and generating a soft vacuum to pick up small electronic components. For smaller parts, like LEDS, it also has a finer pin head for accurate placing.