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)”

New Ceramic Resin Has Potential to 3D Print Hypersonic Jets

3D printed ceramics are still something of a rarity, compared to other materials. The material has several limitations; it’s generally printed by sintering powder materials that result in porous, relatively weak end products with low heat resistance. This greatly limits the size and shape of objects that can be printed; 3D printed ceramic objects have thus far been pretty much limited to relatively small decorative items or tableware. But that’s all about to change, thanks to a new material developed by research and development company HRL Laboratories, LLC.  Continue reading “New Ceramic Resin Has Potential to 3D Print Hypersonic Jets”

Specavia Presents Construction-Focused 3D Printer (Video)

2015 has seen a fair number of construction-related 3D printing stories make headlines, including Chinese firms 3D printing and assembling whole buildings and Tennessee’s Branch Technology developing a unique commercial endeavor for 3D printing only the walls themselves. Central and Eastern Europe are no strangers to the trend, either, as Slovenia’s BetAbram has demonstrated and, now, 3D Print Expo Moscow will be showcasing a new construction-focused 3D printer from a Russian company called Specavia. Continue reading “Specavia Presents Construction-Focused 3D Printer (Video)”