New 3D printed polymer that could be used in space, developed by Virginia Tech Team.
Newswise — Virginia Tech researchers have created a novel way to 3-D print the type of high-temperature polymeric materials commonly used to insulate space craft and satellites from extreme heat and cold.
Previously, the polyimide could previously be made only in sheets.
The material, formally known as Kapton, is an aromatic polymer composed of carbons and hydrogens inside benzene rings, which provides exceptional thermal and chemical stability. But because of this molecular structure, the material is notoriously difficult to produce in any format other than thin sheets. Kapton often is used in the multi-layer insulation that forms the outer wrapping of spacecraft, satellites, and planetary rovers to protect them from extreme heat and cold. It often is mistaken for “gold foil.” Continue reading “New 3D printed polymer that could be used in space, developed by Virginia Tech Team”
Macadamia shells are already used as a biofuel. Australian researchers are now proposing to use the nut’s extraordinary properties as a basic element in a new Microtimber, made using pioneering 3D-printing technology. Until now, this technology has been primarily used for small-scale, industrial design products. Continue reading “Development of new microtimber using 3D printing”
The University of Louisville and UL, a safety science company, are launching a training center for professionals to learn about additive manufacturing, adding to Louisville’s growing list of 3D printing facilities. Continue reading “Groundbreaking 3D printing training center to open at leading research facility”
Of all of the things in the natural world, spider webs have consistently been one of the more fascinating biological structures known to man. Between its high-strength properties (ounce for ounce it’s stronger than steel) to its complex mathematical patterns, the spider’s web is nothing short of one of nature’s most impressive structures. Continue reading “MIT Researchers 3D print synthetic spider webs to help design materials with high strength & low density”
BnK has just informed us they have a new filament ready for market. According to BnK, their new filament is a PLA-based antibiotic/anti-microbial filament and has the ability to kill germs that it comes in contact with, which makes one wonder at the possible uses of such a filament. Continue reading “What Would You 3D Print with Purement, a PLA that Kills Germs?”
There is little doubt that the single most important area within the 3D printing space is that of materials. Material science could potentially lead the way to thousands of new applications for additive manufacturing technology. It’s not the hardware that will drive things forward the most, but instead the materials that the hardware is able to work with. Continue reading “Virginia Tech Professors Provide Incredible Insight into the Future of 3D Printable Materials”
The abilities of 3D printing to create bio-materials is on the cutting edge of science, but has been somewhat limited to date by technicalities like massive expenses and the fact that 3D printing using microscale materials would lead to microscale products. Continue reading “Researchers Use DNA as ‘Smart Glue’ to Provide Structure for 3D Bio-Printing”
Thermoplastics are fairly ubiquitous in the 3D printing space. As with any plastic material, though, they have always been subject to environmental concerns; how easy are they to produce, to use, to dispose of? What effects can this have on the environment? Will they maintain integrity if made with bio-based materials? Continue reading “Researchers Look to Squid for Latest Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Material”
With new “inks” containing semiconductors, researchers have been able to print LEDs for the first time. A 3-D printer can already make a prototype or spare part out of metal or polymer. Researchers at Princeton University have now taken an important step toward expanding the technology’s potential… Continue reading “3D Printing Bio-Electronic Parts”
Scientists have been conducting research on micrometre-sized actuators which one day may make it possible to transport drugs or chemical sensor molecules to specific locations throughout the human body. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken the development of such micro-devices a crucial step forward: Continue reading “Micro-actuators fabricated with microscopic 3D printing technology”