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If you think for a second, the biggest innovations that are shaking the world of today started with R&D. This stage has been fundamental in any industrial revolution, including additive manufacturing. This segment highlights the latest AM developments in the R&D sector.

ORNL researchers 3D print defect-free tungsten parts

Remember when I told you that tungsten’s hardness and extremely high melting point have always made it difficult to process via additive manufacturing technologies?  Add to that the fact that the development of defects...

UW–Madison engineers successfully 3D print RAM device units in zero gravity

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have taken a step toward in-space manufacturing of replacement electronic components by successfully 3D printing RAM device units in zero gravity for the first time. The group encountered a...

New technique can improve the finishing time for 3D printed machine parts

After a metal machine part is printed, it requires additional finishing and has to be measured to ensure the part meets critical tolerances. In other words, every aspect of the part must be the...

A range of neurological diseases could all be cured thanks to 3D-printed bio-inks

Blindness, deafness, chronic pain, epilepsy, motor neurone disease, and Parkinson’s disease are all linked to misfiring neurons that humans have not been able to control. Materials engineer Associate Professor Matthew Griffith from the University of South...

AMGTA issues research on sustainability of powder and wire additive feedstock

The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (“AMGTA”), a global advocacy group focused on promoting sustainable additive manufacturing (“AM”) industry practices, announced today the preliminary results of a research project titled “Specific Energy of Metal...

New elastomer-based ink can help 3D print flexible devices without mechanical joints

For engineers working on soft robotics or wearable devices, keeping things light is a constant challenge: heavier materials require more energy to move around, and – in the case of wearables or prostheses –...

New plastic coating solution enhances functionality of 3D printed parts

A research team from the University of Nottingham, has developed a new coating for plastic particles that would increase the functionality of 3D printed parts. To do so, they used supercritical carbon dioxide to create...

NVIDIA’s LATTE3D model transforms text into 3D generative AI model

The next step will be the transformation of text into 3D-printable file Researchers from software provider NVIDIA have enhanced their latest text-to-3D generative AI model, dubbed LATTE3D. Like a virtual 3D printer, LATTE3D turns text prompts into 3D representations of...

New research to explore the development of an SLS 3D printing material from recycled polypropylene

Andaltec Technological Centre has begun research on the RECYPPOWDER project, aimed at developing a new family of innovative economical and sustainable materials from recycled polypropylene. This new compound will be utilized to produce parts...

Fraunhofer IGD technology can deliver computer-generated 3D-printed eye prostheses

Fraunhofer IGD, the research institute behind the Cuttlefish® 3D printer driver – first unveiled in 2021, has given hope to patients who need ocular prostheses. Occularists who use the research institute’s requisite software and...

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