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The wide range of 3D filaments that exist means that the possible applications are endless. We take a detailed look at interesting applications that are used in a variety of industries, covering medical uses, robotics, 3D printing with metal, and fashion.

3D filaments: endless applications for every industry

In this episode, we talk about how researchers devised a new approach for manufacturing precise microfluidic channels for medical devices using 3D printed ice and a novel approach for embedding sensors into architected materials therefore making them viable for motorized soft robotic applications.

Podcast: Printing Ice & Sensing Architected Materials

Modeled in software before being printed on a commercial 3D printer in a single pass, these "lenticular objects" from MIT show different imagery depending on the angle at which they're viewed — for everything from exercise form feedback to secret messaging.

3D printed in a single pass, these objects demonstrate the potential for lenticular lens surface technology

An update for Ultimaker S-line printers, Firmware 6.5 helps to improve your 3D printing workflow, as we introduce more streamlined troubleshooting and error handling, and the ability to import material profiles from USB.

Increase the productivity of your 3D printing workflow with Ultimaker Firmware 6.5

Commercially pure copper is a highly desirable material for heat exchangers and electrical components due to its excellent thermal and electrical properties. While these properties are beneficial for the application, they also turn the process of using copper in AM into a challenge.

Copper Additive Manufacturing for Heat Exchanger Design

“Toughness” is a combination of an object’s strength (how easily it breaks) and ductility (how easily it deforms). In this way, toughness and impact resistance are one and the same – especially in material science, as toughness is a measure for how easily your part breaks upon impact.

Tough and impact-resistant materials: A beginner's guide

Our third episode is an interview with key members of the Ultimaker team, who share their knowledge and insight into the evolving role of FFF 3D printing, in both manufacturing and design.

Episode 3: The future of manufacturing

At Ultimaker, we rigorously test our materials to provide the best possible results. Not only to ensure excellent mechanical and aesthetic properties, but also so that the preconfigured settings in our Ultimaker Cura software offer a hassle-free 3D printing experience.

How we test 3D printing material combinations

In our latest 3D printing podcast episode, we talk to Danielle Glasbergen-Benning, who is an Application Development Specialist for DSM Additive Manufacturing.

Episode 2: Application-driven materials, with Danielle Glasbergen-Benning, DSM

Currently, 3D printers can reproduce shape and color reasonably well. Gloss, however, remains a challenge. That’s because 3D printing hardware isn’t designed to deal with the different viscosities of the varnishes that lend surfaces a glossy or matte look.

This 3D printer doesn't gloss over the details

In our first episode, we visit L’Oréal headquarters in Clichy, France to chat with Matthew Forester, the company’s Additive Manufacturing Technical Manager.

Episode 1: The 3 stages of adopting additive, with Matthew Forrester, L'Oreal

Design is the first demonstration of a magnetic, multi-material pump 3D printed all in one piece.

3D printing a miniature magnetic pump

Researchers invent new technique that could transform additive manufacturing processes, potentially enabling the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components, and perhaps even robots

Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Brilliantly colored chameleons, butterflies, opals – and now some 3D-printed materials – reflect color by using nanoscale structures called photonic crystals.

Researchers mimic nature for fast, colorful 3D printing

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