The future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing

Most everyone in the 3D printing industry is well aware that the future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing. With that in mind, researchers have been steadily refining the process, and now a team at Northwestern University has come up with a process that even allows the use of inexpensive rust powder, which is more lightweight, offers greater stability, and is safer and more affordable in comparison to other iron powders. Continue reading “The future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing”

Research Opens Door to New Fuel Cell 3D Printing Techniques

With 3-D printing changing the world, one Northwestern University undergraduate spent this past summer in the lab doing his part to use this exciting new technology to create efficient and economic energy.

Nick Geisendorfer won an undergraduate research grant to employ 3-D printing technology to test the possibilities of making a particular kind of fuel cell more efficient and marketable.

He thinks solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, which produces electricity from the electrochemical oxidation of fuel without burning, could be an answer in the race to reduce carbon emissions. Continue reading “Research Opens Door to New Fuel Cell 3D Printing Techniques”

Pop-Up Printing Technique Creates Complex 3D Nano and Microstructures

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois have developed a new fabrication technique which generates complex and attractive 3D nano and microstructures. The technique imitates the way a children’s pop-up book works and provides a number of benefits when compared to traditional 3D printing technology. Continue reading “Pop-Up Printing Technique Creates Complex 3D Nano and Microstructures”