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3D-printed 'smart cap' uses electronics to sense spoiled food

Engineers are expanding the already impressive portfolio of 3D printing technology to include electrical components, such as resistors, inductors, capacitors and integrated wireless electrical sensing systems. They have put the new technology to the test by printing a wireless 'smart cap' for a milk carton that detected signs of spoilage using embedded sensors.

Posted: Jul 20th, 2015

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Sweden starts a project of 3D printing houses

In a collaborative project, researchers and external partners are together developing a technology to make full-scale 3D prints of cellulose based material. It is not a matter of small prints - the objective is to make houses.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2015

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First 3D-printed supercar goes from 0-60 mph in 2 seconds

Divergent Microfactories unveiled a disruptive new approach to auto manufacturing that incorporates 3D printing to dramatically reduce the pollution, materials and capital costs associated with building automobiles and other large complex structures.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2015

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3D-printing of metal with microscale droplets

Researchers have found a way to 3D print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets. These droplets are made by melting a thin metal film using a pulsed laser.

Posted: Jun 10th, 2015

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3D-printing ould reduce an airplane's weight by 4 to 7 percent

Researchers have confirmed a new way to help the airline industry save dollars while also saving the environment. And the solution comes in three dimensions. By manufacturing aircrafts' metal parts with 3-D printing, airlines could save a significant amount of fuel, materials, and other resources.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2015

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3D printing: a technology that could revolutionise our lives

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the process of turning a 2D digital image into a 3D object through printing successive layers of materials until an entire item is created. Initial images are created in design software programmes before being realised through 3D printing. The advent of consumer 3D printing has the potential to revolutionise its use as a technology, but also opens up a whole host of intellectual property debates.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2015

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Soft-tissue engineering for hard-working cartilage

Researchers investigated a new combination of 3-D printed microfiber scaffolding and hydrogels. The composites they tested showed elasticity and stiffness comparable to knee-joint tissue, as well as the ability to support the growth and cross-linking of human cartilage cells.

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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3D-printed webs

Researchers explore mechanics of silk to design materials with high strength and low density.

Posted: May 15th, 2015

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