The process of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, holds promise for advancements in almost every industry, including even rocket science. Engineers from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center used neutrons recently to help understand the potential benefit of additive manufactured rocket engine components.
The ubiquity of smartphones and their sophisticated gadgetry make them an ideal tool to steal sensitive data from 3-D printers. That's according to a new study that explores security vulnerabilities of 3-D printing.
Researchers have demonstrated the 3D printing of shape-shifting structures that can fold or unfold to reshape themselves when exposed to heat or electricity. The micro-architected structures were fabricated from a conductive, environmentally responsive polymer ink.
Researchers demonstrate how model-based assessment can be used to detect issues with 3D printed parts. While this work was initially performed to detect defects due to material issues, equipment malfunction and happenstance, it is also applicable to preventing malicious attacks, as well.
A team of researchers and students has created a Lego-like system of blocks that enables users to custom make chemical and biological research instruments quickly, easily and affordably. The system of 3D-printed blocks can be used in university labs, schools, hospitals, and anywhere there is a need to create scientific tools.
The EU is investing in research to help European manufacturers remain competitive in a growing market for personalised medical products. Two projects are developing ways to use 3D printing to make tailor-made components for the benefit of patients.