Researchers have successfully induced human cartilage cells to live and grow in an animal model, using 3D bioprinting. The results will move development closer to a potential future in which it will be possible to help patients by giving them new body parts through 3D bioprinting.
Researchers have developed a family of highly stretchable and UV curable (SUV) elastomers that can be stretched by up to 1100%, and are suitable for UV curing based 3-D printing techniques. Using high resolution 3-D printing with the SUV elastomer compositions enables the direct creation of complex 3-D lattices or hollow structures that exhibit extremely large deformation. Fabrication time for such SUV elastomers is also greatly reduced.
After demonstrating the first acoustically driven tractor beam platform, researchers develop a simpler, cheaper version using 3-D printable parts and open-source electronic components for the maker community.
In support of the development of polymer-based additive manufacturing, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the 'Measurement Science Roadmap for Polymer-Based Additive Manufacturing', a guide that identifies future desired capabilities, challenges, and priority topics in polymer-based AM.
Researchers have developed a new interactive design tool called 'Printone', which provides users with the ability to create functional 3-D printed wind instruments in any shape or form using interactive sound simulation feedback.