Fused deposition modeling (FDM), often simply referred to as 3D Printing, has been hailed as the future of manufacturing. Researchers at ETH Zürich have developed a bioinspired approach to 3D print recyclable materials using cheap desktop printers that outperform state-of-the-art printed polymers and rival the highest performance lightweight materials. This will finally enable the manufacturing of complex parts that mimic natural structural designs on the mass market.
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TU Wien develops method by which tailored, tough polymers can be made at high resolution for 3D printing
The Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien) in Austria has developed a new approach for high-resolution 3D printing of tailored, homogenously crosslinked, tough, methacrylate-based photopolymers. Continue reading “TU Wien develops method by which tailored, tough polymers can be made at high resolution for 3D printing”
Researchers 3D print all-liquid material that could be used to construct liquid electronics
Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids. Using a modified 3-D printer, they injected threads of water into silicone oil — sculpting tubes made of one liquid within another liquid.
They envision their all-liquid material could be used to construct liquid electronics that power flexible, stretchable devices. The scientists also foresee chemically tuning the tubes and flowing molecules through them, leading to new ways to separate molecules or precisely deliver nanoscale building blocks to under-construction compounds. Continue reading “Researchers 3D print all-liquid material that could be used to construct liquid electronics (video)”
VTT Finland is developing 3D printing materials for wound care
Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups.
3D printing has proven to be an efficient manufacturing method for complex, customised and light structures. In addition to thermoplastics, 3D printing materials include metals, ceramics and foodstuffs. The range of biomaterials in 3D paste printing is still fairly limited, since pastes pose unique challenges: their structure must not collapse during printing and the objects manufactured must remain sufficiently strong, rigid or flexible after drying. In 3D biomaterial filaments, however, commercial products already exist. Continue reading “VTT Finland is developing 3D printing materials for wound care”
Avio Aero to make 3D-Printed components for Advanced TurboProp engine
Avio Aero, a GE Aviation business that designs, builds and maintains aviation engines, will produce, at its Brindisi plant, the additive-manufactured components of the General Electric ATP (Advanced Turboprop) engine, for the General Aviation market. The additive manufacturing machines will be installed at the Brindisi facility from 2018 and the first production activities will start between the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019.
The ATP, an all-European project led by the Centre of Excellence for engine development established in Italy, is the first turboprop to include 3D-printed parts: 13 components, ranging from the combustion chamber to various structural elements, which have reduced the total number of parts in the engine by about 30%.
After Cameri (Novara), which specializes in additive manufacturing using the EBM (electron beam melting) technology, Brindisi is the second Avio Aero plant to adopt an additive process, although this time using DMLM (direct metal laser melting). Continue reading “Avio Aero to make 3D-Printed components for Advanced TurboProp engine”
Registration has opened for the Additive Manufacturing training Workshops on Fundamentals of AM Designs and Selecting AM Materials & Processes, organized by UL and Brightlands Materials Center. Continue reading “Registration opens for Additive Manufacturing training workshops”
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 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.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.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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