3d Printing Research Papers

Rapid manufacturing using 3-D printing is a potential solution to some of the most pressing issues for humanitarian logistics. In this paper, findings are reported from a study that involved development of a new type of 3-D printer. In... more

Rapid manufacturing using 3-D printing is a potential solution to some of the most pressing issues for humanitarian logistics. In this paper, findings are reported from a study that involved development of a new type of 3-D printer. In particular, a novel 3-D printer that is designed specifically for reliable rapid manufacturing at the sites of humanitarian crises. First, required capabilities are developed with design elements of a humanitarian 3-D printer, which include, (1) fused filament fabrication, (2) open source self-replicating rapid prototyper design, (3) modular, (4) separate frame, (5) protected electronics, (6) on-board computing, (7) flexible power supply, and (8) climate control mechanisms. The technology is then disclosed with an open source license for the Kijenzi 3-D Printer. A swarm of five Kijenzi 3-D printers are evaluated for rapid part manufacturing for two months at health facilities and other community locations in both rural and urban areas throughout Kisumu County, Kenya. They were successful for their ability to function independently of infrastructure, transportability, ease of use, ability to withstand harsh environments and costs. The results are presented and conclusions are drawn about future work necessary for the Kijenzi 3-D Printer to meet the needs of rapid manufacturing in a humanitarian context.

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Researchers Use 3D Mapping to Measure Growth and Folding Patterns in Pre-Term Babies' Brains

by Sarah Saunders | Mar 12, 2018 | 3D Scanning, Medical 3D Printing, Science & Technology

3D printing has been used often in pediatric surgeries, but it’s also been put to work in difficult medical cases where a baby hasn’t even been born yet. A collaborative research team based at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) has tested a new...

3D Printed Vascular Patches with Patterned Channels Used to Grow Organized Blood Vessels in Mice

by Sarah Saunders | Mar 12, 2018 | 3D Printing, Medical 3D Printing, Science & Technology

Ischemic cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the US, and growing fast around the rest of the world as well. Ischemic refers to tissue that has been starved of oxygen – when heart disease results in blocked blood vessels, the tissues can die because the blood cells carrying precious oxygen […]

Ischemic cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the US, and growing fast around the rest of the world as well. Ischemic refers to tissue that has been starved of oxygen – when heart disease results in blocked blood vessels, the...

New Zealand Researchers Develop and Characterize Micro Pellet Extruder and 3D Printing System

by Sarah Saunders | Mar 9, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Science & Technology

Filament-based extrusion is a very common practice in the 3D printing community, but it’s not necessary for extrusion to only work with filament, at least as far as FFF 3D printers go. In order to successfully deposit layers of material to 3D print an object, an FFF system only needs a material flow that can […]

Filament-based extrusion is a very common practice in the 3D printing community, but it’s not necessary for extrusion to only work with filament, at least as far as FFF 3D printers go. In order to successfully deposit layers of material to 3D print an object, an...

3D Printed Smartphone Case Can Be Used to Detect High Blood Pressure in Developing Countries

by Sarah Saunders | Mar 8, 2018 | 3D Printing, Medical 3D Printing, Science & Technology

Far more than just a communication device and a place to play endless games of solitaire, the smartphone has turned our lives upside down since it was introduced. It is an instant gateway, offering access from wherever you are to music, email, photos and videos, games, all forms of social media, and more memes than […]

Far more than just a communication device and a place to play endless games of solitaire, the smartphone has turned our lives upside down since it was introduced. It is an instant gateway, offering access from wherever you are to music, email, photos and videos,...

Advancing the Field of Flexible Electronics with 3D Printable Liquid Metal Alloy

by Sarah Saunders | Mar 6, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Metal 3D Printing, Science & Technology

Whenever I hear about liquid metal, I will always picture the T-1000 from Terminator 2 first. But in reality, 3D printed liquid metal can be used to develop innovations that are far better for humanity than a nearly indestructible robotic killing machine, such as custom cars and functional electronics. A team of researchers from Oregon State University’s […]

Whenever I hear about liquid metal, I will always picture the T-1000 from Terminator 2 first. But in reality, 3D printed liquid metal can be used to develop innovations that are far better for humanity than a nearly indestructible robotic killing machine, such as...

Researchers Develop New Method of 3D Printing Living Bio-Tissues for Cancer Research

by Sarah Saunders | Mar 6, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Medical 3D Printing, Science & Technology

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus is a research hub located in the middle of British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, and ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities. We’ve seen plenty of innovative 3D printing research coming out of UBC Okanagan, and a lot of the work has centered around the biomedical field. […]

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus is a research hub located in the middle of British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, and ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities. We’ve seen plenty of innovative 3D printing research...

3D Printed Device Developed at UW Allows Laser to Wirelessly Charge a Smartphone

by Hannah Rose Mendoza | Feb 28, 2018 | 3D Printing, Science & Technology

As Dr. Evil, and cats everywhere, have conclusively proven, everything is cooler with a laser. What’s definitely not cool is hauling around tangled charging cords or, in my household at least, losing the charging cord or the box more often than James Bond escapes a sticky situation after the villain has explained every detail of […]

As Dr. Evil, and cats everywhere, have conclusively proven, everything is cooler with a laser. What’s definitely not cool is hauling around tangled charging cords or, in my household at least, losing the charging cord or the box more often than James Bond...

Harvard Researchers Develop Novel 3D Printing Method to Give Soft Robotic Gripper the Ability to Sense Its Surroundings

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 28, 2018 | 3D Printing, Robotics, Science & Technology

Soft robotics has turned the idea of robots only being made of hard, rigid parts on its tail, and pairing the technology with 3D printing has led to some remarkable innovations, including soft hydrogel robots that are nearly invisible and the world’s first autonomous soft robot. This last was developed by researchers at Harvard University, […]

Soft robotics has turned the idea of robots only being made of hard, rigid parts on its tail, and pairing the technology with 3D printing has led to some remarkable innovations, including soft hydrogel robots that are nearly invisible and the world’s first...

EBM 3D Printing Process Used to Process a Steel Alloy with High Damage Tolerance

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 16, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Metal 3D Printing, Science & Technology

While the adoption and development of metal 3D printing continues to grow, so too does research into different types of metals that can be 3D printed, including steel. The aerospace and automotive industries in particular would have many applications for 3D printing components with high-performance steel. Now, for the first time, a research team at the […]

While the adoption and development of metal 3D printing continues to grow, so too does research into different types of metals that can be 3D printed, including steel. The aerospace and automotive industries in particular would have many applications for 3D printing...

RoMA: Robotic 3D Printing and Augmented Reality Combine in Interactive Fabrication Platform

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 15, 2018 | 3D Design, 3D Printing, Robotics, Science & Technology, Virtual Reality

We often see robotics and 3D printing combined, as well as 3D printing and augmented reality (AR). But Cornell University researcher Huaishu Peng, whose 3D printing work has made headlines multiple times, has been working on a project that combines all three. We see a wide variety of really interesting and innovative research and projects in this field, […]

We often see robotics and 3D printing combined, as well as 3D printing and augmented reality (AR). But Cornell University researcher Huaishu Peng, whose 3D printing work has made headlines multiple times, has been working on a project that combines all three. We see a...

QMUL Researchers Use Inkjet 3D Printing and Self-Assembly Technologies to Create Constructs Using Cells and Molecules

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 15, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Medical 3D Printing, Science & Technology

Typically when we hear about self-assembling technology in the 3D printing world, it’s usually referring to robots or pieces of furniture that can build themselves. But researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are continuing to research molecular 3D printing, and recently developed a new technique, which uses molecular self-assembly, to create constructs that look like […]

Typically when we hear about self-assembling technology in the 3D printing world, it’s usually referring to robots or pieces of furniture that can build themselves. But researchers from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are continuing to research molecular...

Shark Skin, 3D Printing, and Aerodynamics

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 15, 2018 | 3D Printing, Aerospace 3D Printing, Science & Technology

Sharks have very unique skin – it gives the animals some help in rapidly propelling themselves through the water thanks to tiny, teeth-like scales called denticles. Four years ago, scientists from Harvard University scanned sections of shark skin, then developed a 3D printable material from the data that replicated, to the best of its ability, the properties […]

Sharks have very unique skin – it gives the animals some help in rapidly propelling themselves through the water thanks to tiny, teeth-like scales called denticles. Four years ago, scientists from Harvard University scanned sections of shark skin, then developed...

TU/e Professor Develops Equations to Keep 3D Printed Concrete Walls From Collapsing

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 14, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials

Concrete 3D printing has made it possible for us to rapidly build all sorts of structures, from benches and bridges to houses and hotel villas. But the construction method is not without its faults. The concrete comes out flexible and soft during the process, which leaves the 3D printed walls at risk of falling over or […]

Concrete 3D printing has made it possible for us to rapidly build all sorts of structures, from benches and bridges to houses and hotel villas. But the construction method is not without its faults. The concrete comes out flexible and soft during the process, which...

3D Printing News Briefs: February 13, 2018

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 13, 2018 | 3D Printers, 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, 3D Software, Business, Medical 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which makes today Galentine’s Day if you’re a Parks and Recreation fan. To celebrate, we’re starting today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with Valentine’s Day news – some female chocolatiers are substituting candy hearts with chocolate skulls, made in 3D printed molds. Continuing on, colorFabb is celebrating its fifth anniversary with sales on […]

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which makes today Galentine’s Day if you’re a Parks and Recreation fan. To celebrate, we’re starting today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with Valentine’s Day news – some female chocolatiers are...

New Caltech Technique Makes It Possible to 3D Print Complex Metal Structures on the Nanoscale

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 12, 2018 | 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, Science & Technology

Nanoscale 3D printing is a small-scale technique that many researchers are working to further develop, and 3D printing on the nanoscale with metal is one of the major challenges. But researchers at Caltech have developed a technique that makes it possible to 3D print complex nanoscale metal structures. Once their process is scaled up, it […]

Nanoscale 3D printing is a small-scale technique that many researchers are working to further develop, and 3D printing on the nanoscale with metal is one of the major challenges. But researchers at Caltech have developed a technique that makes it possible to 3D print...

Simulation Software and 3D Microstructure Skeletons Could Automate Materials Design

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 6, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Science & Technology

The innovative researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have been focused on topology optimization for 3D printing for quite some time, which makes the 3D design process easier. Designers have precise control over a 3D printed object’s microstructure, as 3D printers usually have a 600 dot per inch resolution. However, it would take too […]

The innovative researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have been focused on topology optimization for 3D printing for quite some time, which makes the 3D design process easier. Designers have precise control over a 3D printed...

3D Printing News Briefs: February 2, 2018

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 2, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Business, Education, Medical 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, Science & Technology

In celebration of finally leaving the long month of January behind, we’ll start today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with some good news – Carbon is celebrating its fifth anniversary! Moving on, some other companies have things to celebrate, as Sharebot introduces a new material and CollPlant announces its Nasdaq listing. UL and Ricoh will allow […]

In celebration of finally leaving the long month of January behind, we’ll start today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with some good news – Carbon is celebrating its fifth anniversary! Moving on, some other companies have things to celebrate, as Sharebot...

Researchers Develop Microfluidic Technique for 3D Printing Living Cells for Tissue Engineering

by Sarah Saunders | Feb 1, 2018 | 3D Printing, Medical 3D Printing, Science & Technology

There are multiple different applications for 3D bioprinting, and many researchers are hard at work to achieve the successful 3D printing of living cells. Now, scientists at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands have developed a new technique that allows for the 3D printing of structures with living cells. The technique, which the scientists call […]

There are multiple different applications for 3D bioprinting, and many researchers are hard at work to achieve the successful 3D printing of living cells. Now, scientists at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands have developed a new technique that allows...

Rutgers Engineers Develop 4D Printing Method for Shape-Shifting Hydrogels

by Sarah Saunders | Jan 31, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Medical 3D Printing, Popular Stories, Science & Technology

Whenever I hear the term shape-shifting, I always picture some scary creature from a horror movie that’s able to change its form instantly to capture victims and is *probably* not real. But in reality, 3D printed shape-shifting structures can be used to make better bone implants, expandable robots that can switch from hard to soft, […]

Whenever I hear the term shape-shifting, I always picture some scary creature from a horror movie that’s able to change its form instantly to capture victims and is *probably* not real. But in reality, 3D printed shape-shifting structures can be used to make...

Five Children Receive Ear Implants Made From Their Own Cells, Thanks to 3D Printed Molds and Scaffolds

by Sarah Saunders | Jan 30, 2018 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Medical 3D Printing

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