Accelerating fuel-efficient car production with disruptive 3-D print process

Accelerating fuel-efficient car production with disruptive 3-D print process
Posted: Jan 19, 2017 (Nanowerk News) Engineers at The University of Nottingham are developing lightweight automotive components using new additive manufacturing processes to boost vehicle fuel efficiency, while cutting noise and CO2 emissions. The components will be constructed using selective laser melting (SLM). SLM uses a 3-Dimensional Computer Aided Design model to digitally reproduce the object in a number of layers. …
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Technique enables adaptable 3-D printing

Technique enables adaptable 3-D printing
Posted: Jan 13, 2017 (Nanowerk News) Three-dimensional printing technology makes it possible to rapidly manufacture objects by depositing layer upon layer of polymers in a precisely determined pattern. Once these objects are completed, the polymers that form the material are “dead” — that is, they cannot be extended to form new polymer chains. MIT chemists have now developed a technique that allows them to print objects and then go back and add new pol…
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3-D printing could transform future membrane technology

3-D printing could transform future membrane technology
Posted: Jan 12, 2017 (Nanowerk News) Researchers at the University of Bath suggest developments in 3D printing techniques could open the door to the advancement of membrane capabilities (Journal of Membrane Science, "Perspective on 3D printing of separation membranes and comparison to related unconventional fabrication techniques"). This work is part of the University's Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering (CASE) and is the first time the proper…
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Additive manufacturing: A new twist for stretchable electronics?

Additive manufacturing: A new twist for stretchable electronics?
Posted: Jan 03, 2017 (Nanowerk News) Electronic components that can be elongated or twisted – known as “stretchable” electronics – could soon be used to power electronic gadgets, the onboard systems of vehicles, medical devices and other products. And a 3-D printing-like approach to manufacturing may help make stretchable electronics more prevalent, say researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Writing in the January 2017 edition of…
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How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam

How to 3-D print your own sonic tractor beam
Posted: Jan 03, 2017 (Nanowerk News) Last year Asier Marzo, then a doctoral student at the Public University of Navarre, helped develop the first single-sided acoustic tractor beam -- that is, the first realization of trapping and pulling an object using sound waves from only one direction. Now a research assistant at the University of Bristol, Marzo has lead a team that adapted the technology to be, for all intents and purposes, 3-D printable by anyone (with some ass…
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A roadmap for polymer-based additive manufacturing

A roadmap for polymer-based additive manufacturing
Posted: Dec 13, 2016 (Nanowerk News) Additive manufacturing (AM) is a high-priority technology growth area for U.S. manufacturers. Innovative AM processes that fabricate parts layer-by-layer directly from a 3-D digital model have great potential for producing high-value, complex, individually customized parts. Companies are beginning to use AM as a tool for reducing time to market, improving product quality, and reducing the cost to manufacture produc…
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New 'printone' tool allows users to create 3-D printed wind instruments in any shape or form

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Posted: Dec 06, 2016 (Nanowerk News) A research team from Autodesk and Dartmouth College has 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 ("Printone: Interactive Resonance Simulation for Free-form Print-wind Instrument Design"). The team designed 16 free-form wind instruments to play dif…
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Physicists make it possible to 3-D print your own baby universe (w/video)

Physicists make it possible to 3-D print your own baby universe (w/video)
Posted: Oct 28, 2016 (Nanowerk News) Researchers have created a 3D printed cosmic microwave background - a map of the oldest light in the universe - and provided the files for download. Dr Clements talks us through the rationale behind making the 3D model and what the bumps and lumps mean. The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is a glow that the universe has in the microwave range that maps the oldest light in the unive…
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