Amazing 3D-Printing Materials You Didn’t Think Possible

3D-printed objects are no longer something new, but what make them a novelty are perhaps the materials they are printed with. Here are some of the latest in 3D-printing research and development.

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On Wednesday, the ESA posted the fascinating results of a 3D-printing test using simulated Mars soil on Wednesday. The team 3D-printed an igloo-like structure and a wall corner. They’re sized for a small mouse, but they show that it’s possible to create sturdy objects using the local resources on Mars.Read more at:

A team of researchers in Holland have pioneered an inexpensive method for 3D printing bacteria into shapes and patterns, opening the door to a wide range of potential real-world applications from mother-of-pearl fake teeth to powerful new microlenses that boost the effectiveness of solar panels or cameras. - Read more at:

“For many years, people have been using bacteria to make chemicals, whether that’s antibiotics, or a number of other things like that,” Dr. Anne Meyer, one of the researchers on the project, told Digital Trends. “Using bacteria to make materials is something that’s new. We’re really starting from scratch to work out what the possibilities are.” - Read more at:

DuBox, a modular design, and off-site construction company, will be showcasing the UAE’s first locally 3D printed concrete element from real-life construction objects, at a key industrial summit to be held in Abu Dhabi. - Read more at:

In a recent study, scientists 3D-printed cheese and conducted a series of tests evaluating its texture, resilience and “meltability,” to see how this cheese from the future would stack up — on a structural level — against regular processed cheese. - Read more:

Some researchers are looking to additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, for its potential to create membranes of almost any geometrically complex shape or feature. Researchers at the University of Bath (England) Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering (CASE) have focused on the potential for using additive manufacturing to improve on separation membrane engineering with the hopes of creating more precise designs than current fabrication methods allow. - Read more at:

However, in terms of finishing, there is still much room for improvement, so research goes on.

Waseda University researchers have developed a process to dramatically improve the quality of 3D printed resin products. Their results have been published in Scientific Reports.Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at:

Led by Kensuke Takagishi and Prof. Shinjiro Umezu, the Waseda team created a technique known as 3D Chemical Melting Finishing (3D-CMF). It involves using a felt-pen-like tool to manually apply solvent only in the areas where it’s needed, and in carefully controlled quantities. Additionally, different sizes and shapes of tips can be used on the tool, to more accurately control the application of solvent. - Read more at:

The discovery of new 3D-printing materials paves the way for newer applications, new products that are more sustainable, efficient, and renewable, as well as for exploration of greater possibilities in manufacturing and other industries.

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