Using the principles behind the formation of sandcastles from wet sand, researchers have achieved 3-D printing of flexible and porous silicone rubber structures through a new technique that combines water with solid and liquid forms of silicone into a pasty ink that can be fed through a 3-D printer.
A group of researchers has discovered ways for manufacturers to turn the tables on thieves by deliberately embedding hidden flaws in CAD files to thwart intellectual property theft. In a new study, they show how certain intentionally induced defects can disappear when the part is printed under a very specific set of conditions.
For the millions of people every year who have or need medical devices implanted, a new advancement in 3D printing technology promises significantly quicker implantation of devices that are stronger, less expensive, more flexible and more comfortable than anything currently available.
As a consequence of the properties of glass, such as transparency, thermal stability and resistance to acids, the use of this material in 3D-printing opens up manifold new applications in production and research, such as optics, data transmission, and biotechnology.