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MIT's FastFFF Desktop 3D Printing System is Up to 10x Faster Than Commercial 3D Printers

MIT's FastFFF Desktop 3D Printing System is Up to 10x Faster Than Commercial 3D Printers

Unsurprisingly, some of the most innovative 3D printing research has come from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whether the university is working on faster 3D design, developing improved protective gear, making childhood trips to the doctor less painful by combining multiple vaccines into one shot, or even improving 3D printing itself. One name we hear often […]

Unsurprisingly, some of the most innovative 3D printing research has come from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), whether the university is working on faster 3D design, developing improved protective gear, making childhood trips to the doctor less...
Researchers Turn to 3D Printing to Turn Mathematical Theory into Strong, Lightweight Materials

Researchers Turn to 3D Printing to Turn Mathematical Theory into Strong, Lightweight Materials

We’ve seen math and 3D printing technology combined before, whether it’s designing and 3D printing a math-inspired dress or high-tech sculpture, helping young students understand fundamental and complex mathematics, creating three-dimensional fractal forms, or gaining a better understanding of the geometry of the trefoil knot design. Now, engineers and researchers from Rice University and the University of […]

We’ve seen math and 3D printing technology combined before, whether it’s designing and 3D printing a math-inspired dress or high-tech sculpture, helping young students understand fundamental and complex mathematics, creating three-dimensional fractal...
Ames Laboratory Develops One-Step 3D Printing Process to Create Customizable, Chemically Active Catalysts

Ames Laboratory Develops One-Step 3D Printing Process to Create Customizable, Chemically Active Catalysts

Many industries, from healthcare to aerospace and everything in between, have found ways to use 3D printing, but one area that’s still fairly new is using the technology to control chemical reactions – better known as catalysis. Catalysts are made from metals and ceramics, and can be formed to resemble objects such as gears, wheels, […]

Many industries, from healthcare to aerospace and everything in between, have found ways to use 3D printing, but one area that’s still fairly new is using the technology to control chemical reactions – better known as catalysis. Catalysts are made from...
Russian Researchers Develop New Recyclable 3D Printing Polymer Out of Biomass Material

Russian Researchers Develop New Recyclable 3D Printing Polymer Out of Biomass Material

When it comes to 3D printing materials, you won’t come across a more popular choice than plastic – there are all sorts of plastics to choose from, and it’s also the cheapest of the 3D printing materials. However, plastic definitely has its issues – landfills around the world are filling up with plastics, and the […]

When it comes to 3D printing materials, you won’t come across a more popular choice than plastic – there are all sorts of plastics to choose from, and it’s also the cheapest of the 3D printing materials. However, plastic definitely has its issues...
3D Printing News Briefs: October 31, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, check out our 3D Printing News Briefs – we’re starting with some virtual reality research, then moving right along with all sorts of new innovations and products in the 3D printing world. European researchers are working on VR that won’t make users feel ill, while a hospital in India sets up […]

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, check out our 3D Printing News Briefs – we’re starting with some virtual reality research, then moving right along with all sorts of new innovations and products in the 3D printing world. European researchers are working on...
3D Printed Smart Braces with Flexible Batteries and LEDs Can Improve Efficiency of Orthodontic Alignment

3D Printed Smart Braces with Flexible Batteries and LEDs Can Improve Efficiency of Orthodontic Alignment

Every time I come across a picture of myself from the tender ages of 14 to 16, I cringe a little – not because of my questionable fashion choices, but because of those most hated orthodontic devices so many teenagers are subjected to when they least want. I am, of course, talking about braces. But […]

Every time I come across a picture of myself from the tender ages of 14 to 16, I cringe a little – not because of my questionable fashion choices, but because of those most hated orthodontic devices so many teenagers are subjected to when they least want. I am,...
3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, and Fruit Flies: Low-Cost Custom Lab Equipment Helps in Study of Behavior

3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, and Fruit Flies: Low-Cost Custom Lab Equipment Helps in Study of Behavior

Thanks to 3D printing, it can cost far less money to produce necessary, customized laboratory equipment and tools than it used to. There are plenty of 3D printed microscopes, and we’ve also seen a 3D printed smartphone device that tests antibiotic drugs for antimicrobial susceptibility, as well as a small, DIY laboratory system. Now, researchers at […]

Thanks to 3D printing, it can cost far less money to produce necessary, customized laboratory equipment and tools than it used to. There are plenty of 3D printed microscopes, and we’ve also seen a 3D printed smartphone device that tests antibiotic drugs for...
Researchers Turn to Multi-Material 3D Printing to Develop Responsive, Versatile Smart Composites

Researchers Turn to Multi-Material 3D Printing to Develop Responsive, Versatile Smart Composites

3D printing technology has been used multiple times to help create drug delivery and release systems, from programmable release capsules and cancer drug-emitting implants to micro-rockets that deliver drugs inside the body and even a biomaterial sleeve that can reduce the risk of infection after a body piercing. Some researchers are working to develop 3D […]

3D printing technology has been used multiple times to help create drug delivery and release systems, from programmable release capsules and cancer drug-emitting implants to micro-rockets that deliver drugs inside the body and even a biomaterial sleeve that can reduce...
Realistic 3D Printed Small Intestine Model and Bioreactor Helps Understand the Gut

Realistic 3D Printed Small Intestine Model and Bioreactor Helps Understand the Gut

We’ve seen 3D printed stomach models, as well as tongues and livers, and even a 3D printed pancreas, but as far as I can tell, the technology has not been used often to study one of the most important parts of the digestive system – the small intestine, which, as many know, is actually twice […]

We’ve seen 3D printed stomach models, as well as tongues and livers, and even a 3D printed pancreas, but as far as I can tell, the technology has not been used often to study one of the most important parts of the digestive system – the small intestine,...
3D Printing News Briefs: October 13, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: October 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th – instead of walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, or generally going outside at all, it’s probably safest to stay in and read today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, which covers a 3D printer and 3D printing software, some 3D printing business, and an interesting 3D printed model. Cubibot is still […]

It’s Friday the 13th – instead of walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, or generally going outside at all, it’s probably safest to stay in and read today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, which covers a 3D printer and 3D printing...
Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Organoids for Drug Testing in Monitored Body-On-A-Chip System

Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Organoids for Drug Testing in Monitored Body-On-A-Chip System

An organ-on-a-chip is a micro physiological system – a small cell culture chip that can mimic the structure and function of living human tissue. Organs-on-chips are helpful in terms of drug testing, and may one day even render animal testing non-essential, which would be great news. However, these small systems are not foolproof, and it’s just as […]

An organ-on-a-chip is a micro physiological system – a small cell culture chip that can mimic the structure and function of living human tissue. Organs-on-chips are helpful in terms of drug testing, and may one day even render animal testing non-essential, which...
Researchers Combine Carbon Nanotubes and Nanocellulose to 3D Print Conductive Microfibers

Researchers Combine Carbon Nanotubes and Nanocellulose to 3D Print Conductive Microfibers

3D printing technology can only go as far as the different materials that are able to be printed…but from metal and plastic to sand and even food, I don’t think we have to worry about running out of possible 3D printing materials. Nanofibrillated cellulose (nanocellulose or NFC), a novel biomaterial with multiple industrial and scientific […]

3D printing technology can only go as far as the different materials that are able to be printed…but from metal and plastic to sand and even food, I don’t think we have to worry about running out of possible 3D printing materials. Nanofibrillated cellulose...
3D Printed Robot Prototype Inspired by Hitchhiker Fish Can Cling to Underwater Surfaces

3D Printed Robot Prototype Inspired by Hitchhiker Fish Can Cling to Underwater Surfaces

These days, you don’t often see a person standing alone on the side of the highway with their arm out and their thumb up, looking to hitch a ride – by now, we all know the many potential dangers of both offering or accepting a ride. I think Phoebe says it best in an episode […]

These days, you don’t often see a person standing alone on the side of the highway with their arm out and their thumb up, looking to hitch a ride – by now, we all know the many potential dangers of both offering or accepting a ride. I think Phoebe says it...
Researchers Create 3D Printed Model to Better Understand a Binary Star System Explosion

Researchers Create 3D Printed Model to Better Understand a Binary Star System Explosion

A team of researchers from the Palermo Astronomical Observatory, the University of Palermo, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wanted to get a better understanding of what happens between two stars in a close orbit, or binary star system, when there’s an explosion. So, they turned to 3D printing technology to get an up close and personal […]

A team of researchers from the Palermo Astronomical Observatory, the University of Palermo, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wanted to get a better understanding of what happens between two stars in a close orbit, or binary star system, when...
Soft Robotics: 3D Printable Synthetic Soft Muscle is 3X Stronger Than Natural Muscle

Soft Robotics: 3D Printable Synthetic Soft Muscle is 3X Stronger Than Natural Muscle

According to 3D printing guru Hod Lipson, who’s founded four companies, developed an innovative food 3D printer, co-authored two books and over 200 papers, and spoken at multiple industry events, robots will eventually be everywhere in our lives, thanks to new artificial intelligence algorithms and advanced manufacturing methods, like 3D printing. Lipson, a PhD who’s currently […]

According to 3D printing guru Hod Lipson, who’s founded four companies, developed an innovative food 3D printer, co-authored two books and over 200 papers, and spoken at multiple industry events, robots will eventually be everywhere in our lives, thanks to new...
3D Printing Technology and Engineering Used to Regenerate Heart Muscle Tissue

3D Printing Technology and Engineering Used to Regenerate Heart Muscle Tissue

In the past, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has used 3D printing technology to help with brain surgery, but now researchers from the Canadian university are focusing on matters of the heart. Mohammad Izadifar, a multi-discipline researcher who works with biomedical and chemical engineering, is combining engineering, 3D printing, and medicine to repair damaged hearts […]

In the past, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has used 3D printing technology to help with brain surgery, but now researchers from the Canadian university are focusing on matters of the heart. Mohammad Izadifar, a multi-discipline researcher who works with...
LLNL Successfully Creates 4D Printed Flexible, Stretchable Composite Silicone Materials with Shape Memory

LLNL Successfully Creates 4D Printed Flexible, Stretchable Composite Silicone Materials with Shape Memory

Earlier this summer, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) were working on using a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print silicone metamaterials with shape memory behavior – which technically makes them 4D printed, as the fourth dimension is time in this instance. Now we’ve learned that, for the first time, the LLNL […]

Earlier this summer, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) were working on using a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print silicone metamaterials with shape memory behavior – which technically makes them 4D printed, as the...
Bioprinting Organs: Researchers Create Less Expensive Bioink Based in 3D Printed Gelatin Hydrogels

Bioprinting Organs: Researchers Create Less Expensive Bioink Based in 3D Printed Gelatin Hydrogels

3D printed hydrogels have had many different applications in the medical field, from delivering precise doses of medicine and making custom meniscus implants to engineering tissue so that in the future, we can create artificial, transplantable organs. Two years ago, a team of researchers with the Queensland University of Technology were working to develop stiffer […]

3D printed hydrogels have had many different applications in the medical field, from delivering precise doses of medicine and making custom meniscus implants to engineering tissue so that in the future, we can create artificial, transplantable organs. Two years ago, a...
MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop 3D Printable Structures That Fold Themselves

MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop 3D Printable Structures That Fold Themselves

Frequently, when we hear about self-folding 3D printable structures, they’re based on origami. But researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a self-folding printable device prototype that’s actually a variation on their 3D printable multimaterial electronic device that was inspired by the golden tortoise beetle. While other researchers have […]

Frequently, when we hear about self-folding 3D printable structures, they’re based on origami. But researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a self-folding printable device prototype that’s actually...
UK Researchers Continue Work on Nanokick Bioreactor, Progressing Toward 3D Printing Living Bone

UK Researchers Continue Work on Nanokick Bioreactor, Progressing Toward 3D Printing Living Bone

The University of Glasgow received a £2.8 million grant in late 2016 in order to develop 3D printed bone for survivors of landmine blasts, which kill roughly 4,300 people each year. The Find a Better Way foundation, which was set up by football legend Sir Bobby Charlton to aid landmine survivors and reduce casualties, awarded […]

The University of Glasgow received a £2.8 million grant in late 2016 in order to develop 3D printed bone for survivors of landmine blasts, which kill roughly 4,300 people each year. The Find a Better Way foundation, which was set up by football legend Sir Bobby...
Degrade On Demand: Brown University Researchers Create Dynamic 3D Printing Biomaterials

Degrade On Demand: Brown University Researchers Create Dynamic 3D Printing Biomaterials

We’ve seen 3D printable biomaterials before, but never any like the ones engineers at Rhode Island-based Brown University have been working on. They have developed a technique to make 3D printed biomaterials that are able to quickly degrade on demand. The research team made the degradable structures, which could have applications in making dynamically changing […]

We’ve seen 3D printable biomaterials before, but never any like the ones engineers at Rhode Island-based Brown University have been working on. They have developed a technique to make 3D printed biomaterials that are able to quickly degrade on demand. The...
Researchers Use 3D Printed End Plates and Paper Origami Mechanisms to Create Flexible, Inching Robots

Researchers Use 3D Printed End Plates and Paper Origami Mechanisms to Create Flexible, Inching Robots

A team of students and professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been working on innovative research that illustrates how they used bio-inspired design and origami structures to make small, crawling robots. The research team is with the university’s Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE). We’ve seen origami, 3D printing, and robotics […]

A team of students and professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been working on innovative research that illustrates how they used bio-inspired design and origami structures to make small, crawling robots. The research team is with the...
Doctors Publish Research on Top Five Areas in Which 3D Printing Technology Has the Most Potential to Change the Medical Field

Doctors Publish Research on Top Five Areas in Which 3D Printing Technology Has the Most Potential to Change the Medical Field

It’s no secret that 3D printing is changing the face of the medical field. The technology has many applications when it comes to healthcare, from custom medicines and prosthetics to tissue engineering. Two doctors from Austin Hospital in Melbourne want medical professionals to be fully aware of 3D printing potential, and recently published a paper […]

It’s no secret that 3D printing is changing the face of the medical field. The technology has many applications when it comes to healthcare, from custom medicines and prosthetics to tissue engineering. Two doctors from Austin Hospital in Melbourne want medical...
Making Stronger Protective Gear: Researchers Replicate Biological Structure of Lobster Claws Using Electric-Assisted 3D Printing Process

Making Stronger Protective Gear: Researchers Replicate Biological Structure of Lobster Claws Using Electric-Assisted 3D Printing Process

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month found that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which results from repeated blows to the head, was found in 99% of the brains of deceased NFL players that had been donated for scientific research. Multiple hits to the head are common for those who play contact sports, […]

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month found that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which results from repeated blows to the head, was found in 99% of the brains of deceased NFL players that had been donated for...
Researchers Improve Upon Trabecular Bone-Inspired 3D Printing Infill with New Algorithm

Researchers Improve Upon Trabecular Bone-Inspired 3D Printing Infill with New Algorithm

Whenever someone picks up one of the various 3D prints I have on my desk, they usually exclaim over how light it is. While a lot of that has to do with the fact that all of my prints are pretty small, it’s also thanks to the infill pattern and percentage; for instance, my 3D […]

Whenever someone picks up one of the various 3D prints I have on my desk, they usually exclaim over how light it is. While a lot of that has to do with the fact that all of my prints are pretty small, it’s also thanks to the infill pattern and percentage; for...

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