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

Algorithm cuts errors from dent-testing materials

A new algorithm cuts the error rates involved in testing the mechanical properties of materials, report researchers. It could be useful for evaluating 3D-printed materials.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing algorithms science-and-technology

3D printing uses plant-based ‘ink’ to make complex stuff

A new 3D-printing technique uses more cellulose than other methods to create objects with near limitless complexity, researchers report.

ETH Zurich • futurity
March 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: plants materials-science 3d-printing science-and-technology

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