Shape-shifting hydrogel mimics octopus skin

New shape-shfting and color-changing hydrogel could lead to new military camouflage, soft robotics, and flexible displays, researchers report.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 5, 2021 ~4 min

See metal and plastic micromachines zip around

See how incredibly tiny micromachines made from metal and plastic move according to their shape. They're a step toward better drug delivery.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~5 min

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

‘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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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