Archives for the category: 3D printing materials
June 11, 2014
A new Kickstarter campaign that launched today, the Discov3ry, is an affordable paste extruder that can easily be added to almost any existing 3D printer. If your printer uses plastic filament, it is almost certainly compatible with the Discov3ryand will expand the range of materials beyond molten plastic, to include a wide range of pastes.
Some other materials that can be 3D Printed : Silicone, Polyurethane, Wood Filler, Clay, Ceramics, Icing Sugar, Nutella, Conductive Paint ... and many pastes that we haven't even thought of trying to print with yet.
June 6, 2014
A project called Plastic Bank is using 3D printing in its efforts to help reduce the waste plastic in the oceans. Here’s the idea: You collect litter from the oceans and waterways, then recycle it into plastic filament that can be 3D printed.
From their website:
We are proud to announce that we have successfully recycled and 3D printed plastic waste. The plastic waste used was removed from the ocean and shorelines of Alaska and BC. This is a great first step towards our goal of empowering the world's poor with access to become micro-recyclers and 3D printing entrepreneurs. We are on target to officially launch The Plastic Bank in Lima Peru this summer!
November 20, 2013
A major drawback for 3D printers is how slow they print. A medium-sized cup can take hours, potentially making it faster and more convenient to just run out to the store.
A research team at the University of Southern California said they have taken a previous breakthrough that cut print time down to minute and applied it to printing in multiple materials, an emerging area of 3D printing that could dramatically increase what you can print. GigaOM reports.
Their work utilizes a resin printer, which doesn’t lay down melted plastic like most consumer printers do. Instead, it relies on a pool of liquid resin. Generally, a laser shines on one layer of the liquid at a time, causing it to harden. The finished object slowly rises out of the pool of resin.
July 25, 2013
MIT researchers created a new programming language to streamline the process so it will be easier to print objects with multiple materials, so they can be squishy and flexible at one place, firm at another, or reflect light and conform to touch. Right now, making objects like that is an arduous and technically challenging task and beyond the ability of off-the-shelf 3D printing software. Boston.com reports.
To demonstrate the advancements, they printed miniature 3D teddy bears and tiny bunnies that are flexible and feel like foam.
Read full article.
July 14, 2013
If graphene proves workable as a 3D printable material, we could potentially 3D print computers, solar panels, electronics, even cars and airplanes. Motherboard reports.
Scientists are trying to find out if it's possible. New research into the properties of graphene as a material for 3D printing took a big step forward this month.
Read full article.
July 10, 2013
It's not quite as advanced as in Terminator 2, but a way of 3D printing liquid metal could offer a new range of flexible electronics. New Scientist reports.
An alloy of metals gallium and indium that is liquid at room temperature forms a thin skin when exposed to air, which is strong enough to hold the liquid's shape.
Read full article. Link to research paper: 3D Printing of Free Standing Liquid Metal Microstructures.
June 7, 2013
Hyrel 3D doesn't seem to be selling the extruder on its own, but it will only work with its printers.
May 31, 2013
Following the announcement of Materialise’s rubber-like 3D printing material earlier today, word has reached us that Shapeways too, is pushing the bendy and stretchy with the introduction of the new, experimental Elasto Plastic material.
Read full article in 3DPrinting Industry.
May 23, 2013
A new 3D printer does away with SLS layering, and is able to print gravity-defying cables in three dimensions. C/net reports.
This is the sort of thing that has to be seen to be believed. The current crop of 3D printers on the market require a printing bed, and the objects produced thereon are printed in fine layers. As there is a waiting period before the material dries, the object can only be built from the ground up.
Read full article.
March 20, 2013
Ireland's Mcor Technologies Ltd manufactures affordable, full colour and eco-friendly 3D printers.
They are the only 3D printers to use ordinary business-letter paper as the build material. In their own words: "High resolution and Photo realistic".
Mcor Technologies is the company that entered into a deal with Staples’ Printing Systems Division to launch a new 3D printing service called “Staples Easy 3D. Available in the Netherlands and Belgium initially.
February 18, 2013
Undoubtedly, the most dramatic and challenging has been printing with metal. In case you missed it, ExtremeTech assembled last december a few incredible videos that showcase the power and flexibility of 3D printing with metal.
View more here.
February 6, 2013
German designer Marcus Thymark developed a 3D print shredder last year. It was built to test the geometry of blades for filabot shredder.
January 20, 2013
Jennifer A. Lewis will work on the integration of multiple platforms for materials synthesis, assembly and characterization. The goal is to design novel inks and high-precision 3D printing methods using gels, polymers, and colloidal suspensions.
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January 13, 2013
Filabot is a desktop extruding system, capable of grinding various types of plastics, to make spools of plastic filament for 3D printers. Not only is it user friendly, but it is also environmentally friendly.
The Filabot can process things such as: milk jugs, soda bottles, various other types of plastics, and bad prints, to make new filament for a future print. Filabot will bring the real power of sustainability to 3D printing, allowing for a one stop shop to make anything.
January 1, 2013
According to Francois, the list is not exhaustive and will expand over time. For now read it as a very useful generic survey of usable materials.
December 27, 2012
A must read article from Extreme Tech which traces the history of 3D printing with metal (the first attempts can be traced back to the 1880s), how the real breakthrough has been laser, plus, a look at the future.
December 14, 2012
Sculpteo has published the full list of their materials available for 3D printing.
Impressive. From all kinds of different colored resins, to bi-materials (2 materials in the same object), plastics, stainless steel, cobalt, aluminium, titanium, gold, platinum, brass, silver, ceramic...
You can also order a sample kit of their materials here.
December 12, 2012
Fabbaloo explains 3D metal printing.
Metal-capable machines are typically quite expensive and are varied in features and abilities. Generally metal printing involves some form of powder-based printing in which tiny metal particles are fused together.
December 10, 2012
Engineers from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. have printed working electronic devices for the first time using a standard 3D printer fitted with a new type of plastic that conducts electricity.
December 8, 2012
Materialise launches "3D Print Barometer" to help manufacturers to identify whether a plastic component is suitable for 3D printing.
3D Printing Barometer is an online application to test different parts according to size, functionality, series size, etc., and score the added benefit that 3D Printing can offer. It aims to identify where 3D printing technology can really be of benefit.
WillIt3DPrint.com, a web app that acts like spell check for the 3-D printed age, aims to alleviate the fears of trying to print an unoptimized design by letting you know how it will turn out before you output it to your printer.
December 5, 2012
The company, with a 3D printing manufacturing facility in Boston, US, uses a range of equipment to print, fire and glaze unique and customized ceramic objects for a global client base that includes consumers, artists and businesses. The company claims to be revolutionizing the design and production of ceramic objects – enabled by 3D printing processes.
November 27, 2012
Steel beams are pretty uniformly strong, but they're all run of the mill, literally. If you start 3D-printing custom beams for the exact purpose they're intended to serve though, you've got a regular space-age material on your hands. It's lighter than steel and orders of magnitude stronger. Gizmodo reports.
The process, developed byYong Mao of the University of Nottingham, UK and colleagues, isn't just the product of one innovation, but rather a whole bunch of them wrapped up into one bundle.
November 22, 2012
Researchers have developed a way to "print" cartilage that could help treat joint diseases and sporting injuries. The BBC reports.
They say that the new material is more robust and hardwearing than previous efforts to create artificial cartilage.
Read full article.
November 21, 2012
High-end printers have been working with metals and ceramics for some time. But now the 3-D printing community is toying with a material more natural in origin: printed wood.
Wired explains how it happened, how one website that carries it is perpetually out of stock and with no open source sharing, it’s impossible for others in the fledgling community to continue helping its development.
3-D printing wood might not rival traditional production methods in terms of cost or quality, but it stands alone for its unique aesthetic.
Read full article.
Related article: 3D Printing: Progression with Wood Filament Material