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Using 3D printers to make octopi-inspired underwater propulsion

By Damir Beciri
4 July 2013

fraunhofer-ipa-octopod-propulsion-1Octopods, such as octopuses and squids, are considered to be the most intelligent invertebrates. Their ability to flee fast when in danger by swimming head first inspired researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute to develop a silent propulsion system for boats and water sport devices. The system can be produced at a low cost and in… »


3D printer builds droplet network tissue-like material

By Damir Beciri
4 April 2013

droplet-network-sphereWe already published a couple of articles where we described efforts to create artificial tissue, however, a group of researchers at the Oxford University took a slightly different approach by developing a 3D printer that uses a tissue-like material with several of the properties of living tissues. The new type of material consists of thousands… »

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Fast laser lithography 3D printing on the micrometer scale

By Damir Beciri
5 March 2013

nanoscribe-nano-3d-printing-1A spin-off company of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) named Nanoscribe GmbH recently presented their 3D printer able to print microstructures. Based on a laser lithography method, the 3D printer can create minute 3D objects that are smaller than the diameter of a human hair. What’s great about this 3D printer is its ability to… »


Open source 3D printing and 3D printers – RepRap 3D printers

By Damir Beciri
2 July 2012

reprap-mendel-3d-printerWe already published various articles about 3D printers and 3D printing, but we always delayed the publication of the article about the first of the low-cost 3D printers projects whose blueprints and software are publicly available and open source. Named Replicating Rapid-prototyper (RepRap), the 3D printer is practically able to self-replicate since it can print… »


Increasing speed of 3D printers with nano-precision

By Damir Beciri
One Comment13 March 2012

3d-tower-bridgeResearchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) made a major breakthrough in speeding up the “two-photon lithography” 3D printing technique that enables their high-precision-3D-printer to print object in orders of magnitude faster compared to similar devices. Since dramatically increased speed of printing enables creation of much larger objects, the technique could find its… »


Objet260 Connex compact multi-material 3D printer

By Damir Beciri
One Comment12 November 2011

objet260-connex-closedObjet260 Connex is a compact and attractively priced addition to Objet’s family of multi-material 3D printers. Unlike other 3D printers we previously wrote about, the Objet260 Connex is based on the company’s patented inkjet 3D printing technology that enables mixing of 2 different materials to produce a new material with distinct properties, textures and colors…. »

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Researchers getting closer to creation of 3D printed blood vessels

By Damir Beciri
19 September 2011

fraunhofer-biorapResearchers at Fraunhofer are combining two different techniques – 3D printing technology established in rapid prototyping and multiphoton polymerization developed in polymer science – in order to create artificial blood vessels. Aside creating artificial blood vessels that could be used to could supply artificial tissue, the technology could be a starting point for creation of… »

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3D chocolate printer lets you get creative with chocolate

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments5 July 2011

3d-chocolate-printer-1A while ago we wrote about Cornucopia – a printer for food, which works by storing, precisely mixing, depositing and cooking layers of ingredients. A group of researchers came up with their twist on food printing technology and made a 3D chocolate printer. In the long term, the technology could be used by customers to… »