New technology has been developed to make tactile objects with ease thanks to the convergence technology of 3D printing and 3D thermal reflow treatment. Using the technology, not only braille books, but also braille picture books and teaching materials can be made with greater flexibility in color, height and size.
Researchers created models that predicted the fracture response, fracture resistance, and durability of synthetic materials that arranged their ingredients in various natural and synthetic geometries. They show that they could efficiently 3-D print such materials, and that their model accurately predicted the resulting material's properties.
Researchers developed a computer software concept that will enable clinicians with no experience in Computer Aided Design (CAD) to design and make custom-made 3D printed wrist splints for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
Studio Eric Klarenbeek is exploring ways of 3D-printing living organisms, such as mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi, in combination with local raw materials to create products with a negative carbon footprint.
Delegates attending this year's largest European science event - the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in Copenhagen from 21-26 June - will have the opportunity to sample a 3D printed sausage, courtesy of EU-funded projects PERFORMANCE and CommNet.
Researchers have developed a new and more efficient approach to a challenging problem in additive manufacturing - using selective laser melting, namely, the selection of appropriate process parameters that result in parts with desired properties.
The researchers first used a 3D bioprinter to make an agarose (naturally derived sugar-based molecule) fiber template to serve as the mold for the blood vessels. They then covered the mold with a gelatin-like substance called hydrogel, forming a cast over the mold which was then reinforced via photocrosslinks.