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.
Advanced 3D printing promises to redefine manufacturing in critical industries such as aerospace, transportation and defense, and now, scientists are exploring the use of 3D printing to achieve unprecedented flexibility in producing 'on-demand' targets for testing how materials behave under extreme conditions.