2019 was an amazing year for 3D printing. We’ve seen the development of new materials as well as advances in the production capabilities in additive manufacturing. Here’s a quick look at the progress in 3D printing during 2019.
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This automation technology uses robotics for the most laborious manual step in metal additive manufacturing, which is de-powdering the system after printing. Previously, this step was done by humans using specially designed glove boxes for safety.
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New materials that take advantage of a new interior structure could be the way forward for new lightweight, strong materials for myriad uses.
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The 3D printing processes of laser metal deposition (LMD) and directed energy deposition (DED) are revolutionizing how the aerospace industry designs and builds high-value components across the manufacturing spectrum from prototyping to production.
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While additive manufacturing has received attention for its promise of mass customization and generative design, not everyone believes it’s ready for large-quantity production.
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Blockchain has the potential to solve 3D printing’s inherent security risks before they become a major issue.
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Researchers at the Department of Energy have used lignin, a byproduct of the biorefinery industry, as part of a new composite material that’s well-suited for 3D printing processes.
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A new light-based technique developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison allows for more than one material to be printed at a time.
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With all of the hype surrounding additive manufacturing and 3D printing, it’s easy to forget that, as with all new technologies, there is a learning curve.
Bastian Solutions worked with Fast Radius to create a shuttle system that uses additive manufacturing to design and construct a custom-designed modular robot system.
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Researchers have achieved new structures that can mimic the seamless interconnection of bone and cartilage needed to repair serious sports-related injuries.
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3D-printed ceramics offer many industries a range of applications not found in many other materials.
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The polymer properties of new materials developed by a cross-institutional group of researchers respond dynamically to light and darkness in a novel way.
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3D printing will play a vital role when we get to Mars. Here are five reasons why.
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A new technique developed at Harvard speeds up multimaterial printing by allowing up to eight different printing materials to fabricate objects.
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A novel bioink can integrate living cells into 3D scaffolds at a speed of one meter per second, making it possible to study the spread of diseases and produce tailor-made tissue.
Here’s a look back at several cool hobbyist-level gadgets and a few super cool printed car projects.
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