TU Wien develops method by which tailored, tough polymers can be made at high resolution for 3D printing

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”

3D-printed high performance polymer might replace metal parts in automotive manufacturing

3D printing in combination with high performance polymers, like PEEK, could be an alternative to manufacturing metal parts in the automotive sector, to make vehicles more efficient and to realise an idea towards the final product in a simpler way.

In automotive sector, materials are needed that are not just durable, to improve the reliability of a vehicle, but also have to bring several properties with them, like chemical inertness, temperature resistance or wear resistance. Thereby it is guaranteed to have more durable parts with less maintenance. On the one hand it is a big plus for the consumer, because he can save costs, on the other hand also for the manufacturers who will have a higher quality in their automobiles due to the fact that parts have to be replaced less, which results in a better image.

To this point metals have been the materials of choice, since they combine all required properties. However, a big disadvantage is the weight. With less weight fuel can be saved, which results in reducing CO2 emission. A thought that appears more often these days. Continue reading “3D-printed high performance polymer might replace metal parts in automotive manufacturing”

“Material Development for Fused Deposition Modeling”, Presented by Martin Faber, Applied Polymer Innovations/ Innofil3D

Optimization of the material properties of filaments is an essential factor in broadening the applicability and increasing the ease of use of fused deposition modeling (FDM). It is necessary to understand how the materials behave during heating and cooling in a FDM 3D printer. During this session important aspects of the material properties and their influence on the printing behavior will be explained. Continue reading ““Material Development for Fused Deposition Modeling”, Presented by Martin Faber, Applied Polymer Innovations/ Innofil3D”

3D printed heart made from porous material holds promise for prosthetics, robots

Cornell researchers have developed a new lightweight and stretchable material with the consistency of memory foam that has potential for use in prosthetic body parts, artificial organs and soft robotics. The foam is unique because it can be formed and has connected pores that allow fluids to be pumped through it. Continue reading “3D printed heart made from porous material holds promise for prosthetics, robots”

Polymaker Announces New Real-Life Engineering Material for Desktop FDM/FFF Printers (Video)

Shanghai-based company Polymaker has introduced Polymaker PC-Plus and PC-Max, a brand new line of Polycarbonate-based materials that are designed specifically for use with extrusion-based (FDM/FFF) desktop 3D printers. The company has partnered up with Covestro, a world-leader in high-tech polymer materials manufacturing, to develop the innovative materials, which promise to bring unprecedented properties and functionalites to desktop 3D printing. Continue reading “Polymaker Announces New Real-Life Engineering Material for Desktop FDM/FFF Printers (Video)”

‘Laser Sintering of Multimaterial Parts’ by Johannes Lohn, Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC)

Johannes Lohn of Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) presents at the 3D Printing Materials Conference: “Laser Sintering of Multimaterial Parts”. Conventionally, Multimaterial Parts are produced by multi-component injection molding or by assembling of single parts. Continue reading “‘Laser Sintering of Multimaterial Parts’ by Johannes Lohn, Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC)”