Shapeways Introduces Porcelain to Marketplace

Late last year we launched a new pilot program and introduced our first ever material fully developed in-house, Porcelain. Since then we’ve been working closely with our community to perfect this new material, and today we’re excited to announce Porcelain is available to shoppers everywhere. From beautiful espresso cups to unique vases, anyone can now make and buy this incredible material. Continue reading “Shapeways Introduces Porcelain to Marketplace”

Stratasys invests in a seed-stage startup that is working on a metal inkjet 3D printer

The most common 3D printers we currently read or hear about print with plastic in some form. Due to its less-durable reputation, compared to metal, the perception exists that the outcome, the printed part, is cheap or useless for anything other than a trinket, keepsake, or prototype model. While that perception is untrue, or inaccurate, many people believe 3D printing will not achieve real market penetration until a metal printer becomes affordable like the popular thermoplastic printers today. Continue reading “Stratasys invests in a seed-stage startup that is working on a metal inkjet 3D printer”

“Materials based challenges in 3D printing”, Presented by Brando Okolo, INDMATEC GmbH

Current practice-oriented understanding of how a material destined for 3D printing processing interacts with printers is inadequate. The thermo-mechanical processes which materials must endure during 3D printing processing are very influential. For high temperature thermoplastics and reinforced polymer matrix materials it can be a technical challenge to bring printed parts to fully conform to design tolerances. This presentation will focus on the development of a printing process control tool for high temperature polymers. The role of temperature, printing speed and fundamental material properties will be highlighted. Continue reading ““Materials based challenges in 3D printing”, Presented by Brando Okolo, INDMATEC GmbH”

Tristan Mes, SupraPolix BV, Presents: “3D-Printing of Self-Healing Supramolecular Materials”

Supramolecular polymers, based on hydrogen bonding are eminently suitable for FDM 3D-printing. The thermo-reversible nature of hydrogen bonding favors the interplay between the intrinsic processability and the mechanical properties of the polymer and is therefore lowering its printing-temperature while retaining its mechanical performance. Furthermore, the specific rheological profiles of supramolecular polymers may lead to unique dynamical properties like self-healing behavior.

By using our SupraB™ hydrogen bonding technology, we have developed various polymers for 3D-printing ranging from strong biocompatible elastomers, to elastomers with self-healing behavior, to soft hydrogel materials with shape-memory properties. Continue reading “Tristan Mes, SupraPolix BV, Presents: “3D-Printing of Self-Healing Supramolecular Materials””

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”

New Antimicrobial Composite Resins Make Possible 3D-Printed Teeth that Kill 99% of Bacteria

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have created a process that can manufacture 3D-printed teeth and braces which are actually good for your other teeth, and dental health in general.

3D-Printable Antimicrobial Composite Resins [paid PDF access] outlines the development of the new plastic resin used in the process, which involves embedding antimicrobial quaternary ammonium salts inside extant dental resin polymers. Because the salts are positively charged, these disrupt negatively charged bacterial membranes, resulting in them bursting and dying. The mixture was then hardened with ultraviolet light. Continue reading “New Antimicrobial Composite Resins Make Possible 3D-Printed Teeth that Kill 99% of Bacteria”

3D Printing Materials Market to Overtake 3D Printer Market in 2023, Projected to Reach $8.3bn by 2025

Gone are the days of 3D Printing being synonymous with Rapid Prototyping; the days of Additive Manufacturing are here.

Since the 1980s, when 3D Printing was first commercialised, it has grown reasonably slowly, being adopted mostly for small scale prototyping. Continue reading “3D Printing Materials Market to Overtake 3D Printer Market in 2023, Projected to Reach $8.3bn by 2025”

Chemical Manufacturer Wacker Reveals New Silicone 3D Printing Technology

While several companies have developed 3D printing materials and processes with similar properties capable of simulating silicone, so far 3D printing with actual silicone materials hasn’t been possible. However, 100 year old chemical manufacturing giant WACKER CHEMIE revealed in their recently released Q2 Report that their WACKER SILICONES division has developed new technology making it possible to use silicone 3D printing materials with additive manufacturing technology. Continue reading “Chemical Manufacturer Wacker Reveals New Silicone 3D Printing Technology”