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Materials scientists Nicole Kleger and Simona Fehlmann have developed a 3D printing process for creating salt templates that they can fill with other materials. One area of application is the creation of highly porous lightweight metal components.

Researchers want to make salt printing marketable

Additive Manufacturing is starting to play an essential role in the drone industry, offering new innovative manufacturing opportunities.

3D printed drone frame: Prepare for takeoff

Conveyor belt 3D printers promise ultra-long parts and effortless batch printing. But are these hybrid FDM machines reliable enough for serious printing projects?

Belt 3D printers explained: Technology, best machines, advantages

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Argonne National Laboratory has identified particular 17-4 steel compositions that, when printed, match the properties of the conventionally manufactured version.

Researchers Uncover How to 3D-Print One of the Strongest Stainless Steels

In this episode, we talk about how a team from TUM has developed a system composed of collaborative drones that can create structure in remote and/or disastrous areas.

Podcast: The Flying 3D Printers


One of the great plus points of 3D printing is that you can design pretty much any shape or geometry that you want, and Nylon is a great general-purpose material to use. But there are some key considerations to keep in mind when designing nylon parts to make sure you get the parts you want.

Protolabs Insight - Nylon 3D Printing

When we choose what to buy, we usually look at the expiration date, brand, quality seals, ingredients, and price. But how do you know if the manufacturer is fully honest – or that the product was properly stored during shipping or while on the shelf?

Smart Packaging Explained

An international team of researchers have created a fleet of bee-inspired flying 3D printers for building and repairing structures in-flight.

Additive manufacturing in-flight: 3D printing drones work like bees to build and repair structures

We take a look at the indicators of brittle PLA filament, the reasons why, and the solutions for this issue. We also discuss the variety of applications you can explore once you’ve got your PLA printing in tip-top condition.

The causes of brittle PLA filament and the easy steps to overcome it

Pouring layers of concrete like rows of toothpaste, an industrial-sized 3D printer this week continued adding a second floor to a Houston home that will be the first multistory printed structure in the United States.

First-of-its-kind 3D-printed home blends concrete, wood

3D printing works with a wide variety of 3D printing materials, among which we can find plastics, resins, metals… and even food! In FDM printing, thermoplastics are used, a type of 3D printer material that at high temperatures becomes liquid allowing it to flow, and when it cools down enough (below its glass transition temperature) it becomes solid.

The most popular 3D printing materials in FDM and their properties

One of the biggest advantages of ABS is its ability to be smoothed with acetone, an organic solvent. But how does the smoothing process work and how can you do it safely?

ABS smoothing: Acetone vapor baths & other ways to remove layer lines

Wenhuan Sun, Victoria Webster-Wood, and Adam Feinberg have created an open-source, commercially available fiber extruder to benefit future research with hydrogels and soft robotics.

Hydrogels pave way for future of soft robotics

The Creality Ender 3 is probably the most reliable 3D printer under $200, but it can still suffer from issues like oozing and stringing. Adjusting your Ender 3 retraction settings can help solve these problems.

The best Ender 3 retraction settings

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