TU Wien researchers develop material analysis method for 3D printing at micrometer scale

TU Wien researchers develop material analysis method for 3D printing at micrometer scale

TU Wien is conducting research into high-precision 3D printing technology. Now, a new method is enabling researchers to look for suitable materials with greater precision than ever.

How is it possible to build a model of St Stephen’s Cathedral the size of a dust particle? Well, using TU Wien’s modern 3D-printing technology, this is no longer a problem. Unimaginably fine structures in orders of magnitude well below a micrometer can now be created using their 3D printer.

However, this process requires what are known as ‘initiator molecules’, which have very specific physical properties. Using a new analysis method, developed at the Institute of Applied Physics at TU Wien, it is now possible to examine these molecules more closely and more quickly than was previously possible and thus identify which materials allow the technology to function best. Details of this technology were recently published in the physics journal ‘Applied Physics Letters’. Continue reading “TU Wien researchers develop material analysis method for 3D printing at micrometer scale”

New 3D printed polymer that could be used in space, developed by Virginia Tech Team

New 3D printed polymer that could be used in space, developed by Virginia Tech Team.

Newswise — Virginia Tech researchers have created a novel way to 3-D print the type of high-temperature polymeric materials commonly used to insulate space craft and satellites from extreme heat and cold.

Previously, the polyimide could previously be made only in sheets.

The material, formally known as Kapton, is an aromatic polymer composed of carbons and hydrogens inside benzene rings, which provides exceptional thermal and chemical stability. But because of this molecular structure, the material is notoriously difficult to produce in any format other than thin sheets. Kapton often is used in the multi-layer insulation that forms the outer wrapping of spacecraft, satellites, and planetary rovers to protect them from extreme heat and cold. It often is mistaken for “gold foil.” Continue reading “New 3D printed polymer that could be used in space, developed by Virginia Tech Team”

Panalpina, Shapeways ink strategic partnership for 3D Printing

For 3D printing Shapeways and Panalpina enter into strategic partnership. “3D printing is one of the most exciting frontiers of digital transformation,” says Mike Wilson, Panalpina’s global head of Logistics. “It stands for the convergence of the real with the virtual world – and it has the potential to dramatically change the traditional manufacturing and logistics industries.” Continue reading “Panalpina, Shapeways ink strategic partnership for 3D Printing”

Tikcit is registration platform partner of 3D Printing Design & Engineering conference

Tikcit is registration platform partner of 3D Printing Design & Engineering conference,wich took place on May 24, 2016 at Designhuis in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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Tikcit is registration platform partner of 3D Printing Materials Conference

Tikcit is registration platform partner of 3D Printing Materials Conference, which will take place on February 02, 2017, at Brightlands Chemelot Conference Center in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

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Additive-manufacturing and 3D-printing peek parts for the gas & oil industry

Additive-manufacturing and 3D-printing peek parts for the gas & oil industry.The erroneous notion has sometimes been that any 3D printer can be used for fabricating just about any solid object conceivable. This however is not true; in fact there are at least 8 different kinds of 3D printing technologies. Each of these technologies is conditioned for 3D printers designed for a specific material class thus delivering different mechanical performances for parts fabricated.  Although still relatively a young fabrication method, an important news about 3D printing technologies is that it now has about 30 years of practice-based evidence to prove that it has evolved to become a tool for the production of highly complex, high value, engineering critical parts. Continue reading “Additive-manufacturing and 3D-printing peek parts for the gas & oil industry”

3D Printing Complements Fluoropolymer Processing

3D Printing complements fluoropolymer processing.3M has developed a patent-pending technology to 3D print fully fluorinated polymers.This technology allows 3Dprinting as an additional and differentiated way of processing fully-fluorinated polymers. In this way the fabrication of complex structures is possible, which otherwise cannot be produced or only produced with expensive traditional processing techniques.3M is pioneering 3D printing with PTFE.

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Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics (Video)

Octobot is the first autonomous, entirely soft robot. Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics.

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3D-printed robot — nicknamed the octobot — could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines. Continue reading “Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics (Video)”

Expansion of 3D printing operations planned by UPS

Expansion of 3D printing operations planned by UPS (United Parcel Service). They plan to expand its 3D printing service to Asia and Europe, the U.S. shipping company has told Reuters, in a bid to fully embrace and get ahead of a trend that threatens to eat away a small but lucrative part of its business.

Aside from its main package delivery service, United Parcel Service gets an undisclosed portion of its revenue from storing and shipping parts for manufactures. If those customers were to switch to 3D printing their own parts, that business would face a drastic reduction. Continue reading “Expansion of 3D printing operations planned by UPS”

Meet SiSpis, a new army of robot spiders equipped with artificial intelligence and 3D printing nozzles

The next step in 3D printing could be something called mobile manufacturing. Siemens researchers in Princeton, New Jersey have developed prototype spider-like robots that can work collaboratively to print structures and surfaces, thus potentially accelerating production of large-scale, complex structures such as the fuselages of planes and the hulls of ships. Continue reading “Meet SiSpis, a new army of robot spiders equipped with artificial intelligence and 3D printing nozzles”