As the coronavirus interrupts global supply chains, people have an alternative – make it at home

The rush to make personal protective equipment like facemasks and face shields using 3D printers shows that the technology can help circumvent global supply chain disruptions.

Joshua M. Pearce, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~9 min

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Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2020 ~9 min

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Integrating electronics onto physical prototypes

In place of flat “breadboards,” 3D-printed CurveBoards enable easier testing of circuit design on electronics products.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
March 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Printing objects that can incorporate living organisms

A 3D printing system that controls the behavior of live bacteria could someday enable medical devices with therapeutic agents built in.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2019 ~9 min

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Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test

Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 9, 2019 ~8 min

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This flat structure morphs into shape of a human face when temperature changes

New structural design could lead to self-deploying tents or adaptive robotic fins.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 30, 2019 ~8 min

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