New method to develop fibre reinforced plastic composites from wastepaper
University of Iowa engineers have received nearly $1 million to improve the speed and reduce the labour costs of remanufacturing recycled wastepaper.
New project researches 3D printing for wind turbine blades
The goal of the project between GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power is to use additive manufacturing to 3D-print blade tips, enabling the design of larger rotors.
Swiss researchers develop 3D-printed bioresorbable airway stents
The stents could simplify future treatments of upper airway obstructions.
Stratasys completes acquisition of 3D printing startup Origin
The deal adds Origin’s software-centric additive manufacturing technology based on digital light processing for production-oriented polymer applications to the Stratasys portfolio.
Stratasys to acquire 3D printing startup Origin
Origin’s resin-based Programmable PhotoPolymerization technology expands Stratasys leadership in the fast-growing market for 3D-printed mass production parts.
Montreal researchers develop 3D-printed plastic canvas with shock absorbing properties
The nature-inspired innovation could lead to the manufacture of a new type of bullet-proof glass, or lead to the production of more durable plastic protective smartphones screens.
Braskem completes $10 million Innovation and Technology Center expansion in Pittsburgh
The investment adds eight new state-of-the-art laboratories with equipment for developing new proprietary technologies to support innovations in catalysis, recycling, and 3D printing.
Researchers discover unique new polymer fibres
Strong and tough yet as light as a feather, the fibres are said to be ideally suited for technical components that are exposed to high loads.
Scientist develops lightweight thermoset composite using novel 3D printing technique
Designed for aviation parts, the thermoset composite Emrah Celik produced is 80 per cent lighter than steel and 50 per cent lighter than aluminum.
Researchers developing fully 3D-printed polymer spacesuits for Mars and beyond
A team from the University of North Dakota is using a $750,000 grant from NASA to develop the new flexible plastic spacesuits.
New multicolour 3D-printing technique can be used for optical devices
Developed by researchers in Japan, the printing method can be used for developing optical, soft-robot, or medical components.
Expoplast is now part of virtual manufacturing trade event
“Virtual Engineering Week” will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, and will present hundreds of virtual exhibitor booths spanning plastics, medtech, automation, design, and packaging.
Lego-inspired 3D-printed bricks can heal bone and soft tissue
Developed by a research team at Oregon Health and Science University, the tiny, modular scaffolding can be used to regrow biomaterials to speed repair of injuries and broken limbs.
Biodegrading 3D printing material could lead to disposable oceanic sensors
Scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Florida have developed a 3D printable material made of a marine-biodegradable base polymer that would break down over time to reduce ocean litter.
DSM partners to build 3D-printed composite footbridge
The footbridge, to be installed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will be made from a fibre reinforced thermoplastic called Arnite, which DSM says combines high performance with circularity.
New composite-based, 3D-printed artery can monitor blockages from the inside
The implantable vessel was developed by engineers from University of Wisconsin–Madison in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China.
GM accelerates its 3D printing capability
The transformation powered by additive manufacturing is helping GM move faster, cut costs, and produce safer, lighter-weight manufacturing aids.
To buy or not to buy a 3D printer?
For plastics processors with a steady use for 3D-printed parts, that’s definitely the question: is it better to make the investment for an in-house machine or outsource the printing? We asked some of the experts.
Evonik opens new technology centre for 3D printing in Texas
Located in Austin, the will play a key role within its global innovation network in the development of new, ready-to-use materials for powder bed fusion.
Evonik opens new 3D printing technology centre in Texas
The new site builds on Evonik’s purchase of 3D printing materials supplier Structured Polymers last year.
DSM acquires part of Clariant’s 3D printing materials business
The partial takeover will allow DSM to better serve its customers rapid product development needs, with 3D printing filaments and pellets that meet the requirements of specific applications.
Researchers use synthetic polymer for custom-made bone implants
The material for craniofacial bone grafts can facilitate cell regrowth and be tailored to an individual’s unique face and skull structure.
Ontario researchers create tough, flexible sensor for wearable tech
Scientists at the University of Waterloo have utilized 3D printing and nanotechnology to create a durable, flexible sensor for wearable devices to monitor everything from vital signs to athletic performance.
Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital turns to Javelin Technologies for 3D printers
Javelin supplied Jewish General with two Stratasys Fortus 450 mc 3D printers and one F170 printer, both dedicated to COVID-19-related production using fused deposition modeling materials.
M. Holland now distributing Braskem 3D polypropylene filament
Braskem’s polypropylene features a proprietary formula that provides high stability, low warpage, and consistent extrusion, which makes it well-suited for prototyping 3D-printed parts.
MIT engineers use conducting polymers to 3D-print soft and flexible brain implants
These softer brain electrodes are meant to replace traditional implants made from metal and other rigid materials that can cause inflammation and scarring in the brain.
Researchers create a new way to paint 3D-printed objects
Developed by engineers at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the new coating technique reaches nooks and crannies.
PTI manufactures, donates face shields to 15 Ohio healthcare facilities
The packaging supplier had multiple partners on the project, which created and donated 5,000 of the face shields.
Nexeo Plastics and Essentium sign distribution agreement for North America
Thermoplastic resin distributor Nexeo will distribute Essentium’s engineered thermoplastic polymer 3D printing filaments.
3D-printed connectors help COVID-19 patients breathe while waiting for ventilators
The device was created by Belgium-based 3D-printing technology company Materialise, and is now being fast-tracked through the regulatory approval process in Europe and the U.S.
Eastman steps up material production for face shields
The specialty material supplier has partnered with officials in Tennessee to support the local production of 10,000 protective face shields for medical personnel in the state capital of Nashville.
3D-printed hands-free door opener combats spread of COVID-19
Developed by Materialise NV, the door opener is being offered as a free printable download in hopes that it catches on worldwide.