Tag: 3D Printing Materials

Australian Researchers 3D Printing Tactile Sensors with TPU and PLA Composites

In the recently published ‘An Ultrasensitive 3D Printed Tactile Sensor for Soft Robotics,’ Australian researchers Saeb Mousavi, David Howard, Chun Wang, and Shuying Wu create a new method for production of piezo-resistive tactile sensors for soft robotics, using FDM 3D printing with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and a polylactic acid-graphene (PLA-G) composite. Fabrication of tactile sensors... Read More »

Additive Manufacturing Optimization: Xaar’s Five-Step Evaluation Service Refines InkJet Printing

UK-headquartered Xaar is launching a new service for evaluating inkjet quality in product development in 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes. This new evaluation service allows industrial users and other companies to take advantage of AM processes with the ability to create products never before possible with conventional methods—and to do so rapidly and much... Read More »

3D Printing at University of Utah: Bioinspired Materials Managed with Ultrasound Directed Self-Assembly

In the recently published ‘Manufacturing bioinspired flexible materials using ultrasound directed self-assembly and 3D printing,’ researchers from the University of Utah are exploring a new process for engineering materials with innovative substructures that help tune mechanical properties. Previous research has resulted in integrated microstructures brought on by nature’s designs for improved biological materials with improved... Read More »

Thailand: Comparing Suitable Fillers for Making PLA Composites

Researchers from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand continue to study the science of materials in 3D printing—a topic that has continued to expand throughout recent years especially as the technology has infiltrated the mainstream and been widely embraced not only just in labs but also a wide range of industries, educational... Read More »

Reducing Warpage in 3D Printing Polypropylene (PP)

As authors Martin Spoerk, Clemens Holzer, and Joamin Gonzalez-Gutierrez perform research from Montanuniversitaet Leoben, they outline improvements for material extrusion‐based additive manufacturing (ME‐AM/FDM/FFF) using polypropylene (PP). Details of their work have been outlined in the recently published ‘Material extrusion-based additive manufacturing of polypropylene: A review on how to improve dimensional inaccuracy and warpage.’ Schematic illustration... Read More »

3D Printed PLA: Heat Treatment & Impact Strength Studies

In the recently published ‘A Study of the Effect of Heat Treatment on 3D Printed PLA Impact Strength,’ author Suresh Thota presents a thesis at South Dakota State University, centered around experimenting with materials and mechanical properties in 3D printing. Because environment plays a large role in 3D printing and may have such a substantial... Read More »

Nanocomposites: SLA 3D Printing with Graphene Oxide Elastomers

In ‘GO-modified flexible polymer nanocomposites fabricated via 3D stereolithography,’ authors CHA Tsang, Adilet Zhakeyev, Dennis Y.C. Leung, and Jin Xuan are exploring challenges for creating stronger materials in SLA 3D printing. While graphene oxide and other metals are often used in additive manufacturing processes today, for this study they were integrated into photopolymer resins for... Read More »

Refining Post-Processing Surfaces for 3D Printed TPU

In the recently published ‘Investigations on post processing of 3D printed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) surface,’ Abdelmadjid Boualleg has written a Master’s thesis for the Mechanical Engineering Department at Halmstad University, exploring improved use of materials in additive manufacturing. With a focus on FDM 3D printing, Boualleg is mindful of the challenges in creating strong parts... Read More »

Collaborative Research Team Creates 3D Printed Armor Inspired by Chiton Scales

From lobster claws and fish scales to conch shells, humans have often been inspired by nature in the creation of protective gear. Recently, a team of researchers hailing from MIT, Virginia Tech, Harvard University, California State University Fullerton, and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids & Interfaces published a paper, titled “Bioinspired design of flexible... Read More »

Bone Regeneration: Successful Bioprinting with Poly-Lactic-Co-Glycolic Acid/β-Tricalcium Phosphate Scaffolds

In ‘Poly(Dopamine) Coating on 3D-Printed Poly-Lactic-Co-Glycolic Acid/β-Tricalcium Phosphate Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering,’ researchers from the School of Stomatology at Jilin University in Changchun, China are seeking improved methods for treating bone defects caused by health issues like osteoporosis, malignant tumors, and physical trauma. While currently there are numerous limitations for medical treatment, bioprinting and... Read More »

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