3D printed ‘invisible’ fibres can sense breath, sound, and biological cells

From capturing your breath to guiding biological cell movements, 3D printing of tiny, transparent conducting fibres could be used to make devices which can

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: engineering advanced-materials bioengineering 3d-printing sensors

A textile that can change and remember its shape

SEAS researchers have developed a material made from recycled wool can be 3D-printed into any shape and pre-programmed with reversible shape memory.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Sept. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology sustainability seas leah-burrows 3d-printing kit-parker textiles

Reversible ‘stitches’ give self-healing polymers new powers

New 3D-printable synthetic polymers have morphing powers and can self-heal within seconds. They could be useful for more realistic prosthetics.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing polymers science-and-technology prostheses shape-memory-polymers

‘SMILES’ are the brightest fluorescent materials ever

"Think of SMILES like a light bulb, but instead of being turned on with electricity, they are turned on with light..."

Steve Martin - Indiana U. • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: light materials-science 3d-printing fluorescence science-and-technology

Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aircraft pollution agriculture pesticides math 3d-printing science-and-technology earth-and-environment liquids

4D printing makes stuff that changes shape

"This opens the door to printing soft robotics that could swim like a jellyfish, jump like a cricket, or transport liquids like the heart."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: 3d-printing polymers self-assembly featured science-and-technology

‘NICE’ bioink could make printable bone grafts

A new kind of bioink shows promise for bioprinting patient-specific bone grafts, or other body parts like ears, blood vessels, or cartilage.

Jennifer Reiley-Texas A&M • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: 3d-printing bones arthritis hydrogels health-and-medicine

Team finds a way to fix 3D printing’s ‘weak spot’

Plastics are a popular 3D printing material, but mechanically weak. New technology overcomes the problem.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: heat 3d-printing nanotubes science-and-technology plastics

You can 3D print your own interactive objects

A new method lets people create their own interactive 3D-printed objects that respond to touch. They could be perfect for education.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: brains 3d-printing science-and-technology

Method paints 3D-printed stuff’s nooks and crannies

3D-printed stuff can be complex and have lots of hard-to-reach surfaces. But that's no problem for a new method for painting 3D-printed objects.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: 3d-printing science-and-technology coatings paint

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