New shape-shfting and color-changing hydrogel could lead to new military camouflage, soft robotics, and flexible displays, researchers report.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~4 min
See how incredibly tiny micromachines made from metal and plastic move according to their shape. They're a step toward better drug delivery.
Nov. 25, 2020 • ~5 min
New 3D-printable synthetic polymers have morphing powers and can self-heal within seconds. They could be useful for more realistic prosthetics.
Aug. 21, 2020 • ~7 min
"Think of SMILES like a light bulb, but instead of being turned on with electricity, they are turned on with light..."
Aug. 21, 2020 • ~4 min
Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.
July 1, 2020 • ~5 min
"This opens the door to printing soft robotics that could swim like a jellyfish, jump like a cricket, or transport liquids like the heart."
June 10, 2020 • ~5 min
A new kind of bioink shows promise for bioprinting patient-specific bone grafts, or other body parts like ears, blood vessels, or cartilage.
May 20, 2020 • ~5 min
Plastics are a popular 3D printing material, but mechanically weak. New technology overcomes the problem.
May 14, 2020 • ~6 min
A new method lets people create their own interactive 3D-printed objects that respond to touch. They could be perfect for education.
May 13, 2020 • ~5 min
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.
April 28, 2020 • ~4 min