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Researchers successfully 3D print photochromic materials that change states when exposed to light


Research from the University of Nottingham has demonstrated the viability of 3D printing for fabricating structures using advanced materials that switch states when exposed to different environmental stimuli such as light. The innovative research project could have far reaching implications for the future of 3D printed electronics, medical devices and …

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Microplate bioprinting platform could help combat age-related degenerative muscle diseases


With increasing life expectancies across much of the globe, the need for medication and treatments for age-related degenerative muscle and tendon diseases is growing. And though much research is being done on that front, medical scientists have faced consistent challenges in developing effective drugs for muscle degeneration. Fortunately, a team …

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Motorless swimming robot uses 3D printed shape memory polymers to propel itself in water


In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from ETH Zurich and Caltech in Pasadena, CA have demonstrated a new propulsion system for motorless swimming robots. Unlike traditional aquatic mechanisms which rely on propellants or engines to move in water, the swimming robots—made entirely from 3D printed parts—use fluctuations in water temperature to …

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MIT’s Mediated Matter proposes water-based digital fabrication method using renewable polymer

Mediated Matter

Led by innovative architect and designer Neri Oxman, MIT’s Mediated Matter lab is responsible for some of the most inventive and avant-garde additive manufacturing research out there. From 3D printed glass technology to its responsive and bioinspired mask collections, Mediated Matter has a complex vision for 3D printing and digital …

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