New 3D-Printed Home Community Coming To Texas ~$450k Each

ICON

From press release: “ICON, the leader of advanced construction technologies pioneering large-scale 3D printing, and Lennar, one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, announced today that construction is underway on the largest community of 3D-printed homes and reservations will begin in 2023.”

“Situated north of Austin in the city of Georgetown’s master-planned community of Wolf Ranch by Hillwood Communities, a Perot company, the 100-home community combines innovative robotics, software and advanced materials to create homes that are technologically advanced, environmentally sustainable and architecturally striking…Prices are anticipated to start from the mid-$400,000s”

https://www.iconbuild.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnCII1v6W5o

BuildList.org Adds More On-Demand Manufacturers To Directory

BuildList.org

Hey everyone, quick update from Build List. If you haven’t checked it out since it launched in December, I’ve added quite a few more links from around the world to the directory.

Each link has instant quoting, so you can upload your project files and know exactly how much it’ll cost and how long it will take to make. Hope y’all find it useful!

https://buildlist.org

The Development Of Rice-Based 3D Printing Filaments

Twitter / Archi_Peace

Japanese company Biomass creates a plastic called RiceResin, which is made up of 70% rice. The rice itself is taken from unedible waste which would usually be thrown away or incinerated during food production.

They don’t currently plan on making a 3D printing filament, but a twitter user Archi_Peace has been experimenting with it. The original RiceResin is available in both biodegradable and non-degradable forms and it could be an interesting potential 3D printing material.

https://twitter.com/archi_peace/status/1614911828991311873
https://www.biomass-resin.com/product/riceresin/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucg2zIfdB6k

Stanford Researchers 3D Print At Single-Digit-Micron Resolution

Stanford University

The study, published recently describes a new approach to addressing multiple microfabrication challenges, enabling 3D printed objects with characteristics as small as 1.5 microns.

The new high resolution technology, dubbed micro-CLIP, allows for 50X smaller part features than commercial CLIP (Continuous Liquid Interface Production) printers while retaining a high print speed, which is more than 100X quicker than other high-resolution microfabrication 3D printing methods.

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abq2846

Haddy: A New 3D Printed Furniture Startup

Haddy

The startup has designed a range of furniture for everyday use, and have focused on what they call “circularity”, a closed loop system using 100% reusable composites that can be recycled into new items instead of going into landfills.

https://www.haddy.life/
https://www.instagram.com/haddylife/

VacuumSnap Desktop Vacuum Former Launches On Kickstarter

VacuumSnap

The machine is aimed at “small companies, DIY creators, and hobbyists”, and works like a standard type of vacuum former, using heated plastic sheets to create different molds, trays, and other things. The bed is 400x400mm, the plastic is heated by a 2KW halogen heater, and the vacuum is included with the machine.

The early bird bundle is available for $299, and there’s just over 20 days left.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1606951350/vacuumsnap-the-ultimate-desktop-vacuum-former
https://www.vacuumsnap.com/

Harvard Researchers Print Helix Structures With Rotating Nozzle

Harvard

The multi-material process enabled the printing of conductive and insulating materials inside the same object, creating a helical dielectric elastomer actuator (HDEA) with individually addressable conductive channels.

That allows the printed object to change shape when electricity is applied, and could be used in robotics, biomedical devices and other ‘smart’ materials.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-05490-7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijBMU5Se4fE

US Navy Warship Installs Metal 3D Printer For Tools & Parts

3DPrint

Via 3DPrint.com: “In 2022, the USS Essex became the first American Navy warship to install a metal 3D printer to ensure onboard repair capabilities of much-needed tools and parts. Now, the USS Bataan is following in its footsteps. The Naval assault ship announced the complete installation of a metal 3D printer on November 3, 2022. We have learned that the machine is a Phillips Additive Hybrid powered by Meltio and Haas.”

I think this trend will continue in many industries, providing a quick way to manufacture replacement parts on demand.

https://3dprint.com/297004/us-navy-installs-meltio-hybrid-metal-3d-printer-to-reduce-repair-times/
https://www.haascnc.com/
https://meltio3d.com/

Creating Shapeshifting Materials That Change With Button Press

Fraunhofer

Researchers at Fraunhofer are currently working on programmable materials that can change shape on demand. One of the first applications will be for matresses, aiming at stopping bed sores for bed-ridden patients. Initial pilot projects with industry partners are already underway.

https://www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/research-news/2023/january-2023/changing-shapes-at-the-push-of-a-button.html

Multi-Material Digital Light Processing 3D Printing

MM-DLP3DP

A joint team of researchers from Japan and Singapore have developed a new technique for creating high resolution (40µm) hybrid plastic/metal parts. It’s called multi-material digital light processing 3D printing (MM-DLP3DP).

Similar to standard resin 3D printing, this process adds a few extra steps. Firstly the printer uses both resin and a pre-cursor material. Once printed, the parts are further processed in a plating bath, and the pre-cursor material is plated, while the standard resin is not. This allows for intricate and nested plated metals and could potentially be used as a way to create 3D circuits.

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.2c10617

Overview Of Additive Manufacturing Used By Vehicle Designers

Cadillac

3DNatives wrote an interesting article talking about how widely used 3D printing has become in the automotive industry, with many vehicles being designed partially or entirely using different AM technologies.

https://www.3dnatives.com/en/best-3d-printed-vehicles-220120194/

New Fabric Coating Responds To Toxic Gases By Changing Color

Dartmouth College

A team of researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a durable coating which can be precisely integrated into fabrics, to create responsive sensors for protective equipment and more.

The coating is based on a conductive metal-organic framework (MOF), which can respond to the presence of toxic gases in the air by converting them into less toxic substances that become trapped in the fabric.

https://home.dartmouth.edu/news/2023/01/smart-coating-could-make-fabrics-protective-gear
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jacs.2c05510

UCalgary Researchers Create 3D-printed Materials With Liquids

UCalgary

The team added nanoparticles to water and chemical compounds, or surfactants molecules, to oil. One of the researchers, Dr. Hossein Hejazi explains, “By injecting this water into the oil, the interface between the oil and water spontaneously turns into emulsion, forming an interfacial skin made of many tiny water droplets that are sticking together.”

This creates 3D tube-like structures in the oil, which can be injected with other materials, and this liquid-in-liquid process could enable many potential uses including energy storage, microreactors, and for creating biomimetic materials like tissues and polymers.

https://schulich.ucalgary.ca/news/ucalgary-researchers-build-3d-printed-materials-liquids

Researchers Exploring Nanoscale Metal 3D Printing

University of Oldenberg

Researchers at the University of Oldenberg are currently exploring the limits of how small they can 3D print metals.

The team is currently able to print as small as a single molecule, with the ultimate goal of printing atom by atom. This will open up many potential applications in the areas of microelectronics, nanorobotics, sensor and battery technologies.

https://phys.org/news/2022-12-atom-lab-explores-nanoscale-3d.html

Researchers 3D Print Soft Worm-Like Gel Robots

Johns Hopkins University

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have designed worm-like ‘robots’ which are made from a gel material. Parts of their bodies expand and contract during temperature changes, enabling it to move.

The research aims to eventually use similar techniques to create tiny soft robots that can autonomously deliver medicine inside patients bodies under specific circumstances.

https://3dprinting.com/news/johns-hopkins-prints-worm-like-gel-robots/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYgojk4F2Tg

Centrifugal Manufacturing Allows For Multi-Resin 3D Printing

Nature

Chinese researchers have figured out a way to enable multimaterial resin 3D printing, overcoming the problem of mixing incompatible resins.

They created a process called ‘Centrifugal Manufacturing’ which is similar to regular resin UV printing, but between layers, the build plate is removed from the tank and spins extremely fast, removing all wet resin.

The system can then automatically continue the print in different resin tanks, enabling multi-colour and multi-material resin prints.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-35622-6

FormLabs Introduces Automation System For Resin 3D Printers

FormLabs

SLA printer manufacturer FormLabs just announced some new tools for automated printing and processing. This includes new software tools, and the Form Auto, a new hardware extension which removes finished parts from Build Platform 2 and starts the next print without the need for operator interaction.

https://formlabs.com/blog/formlabs-automation-ecosystem/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjPZ6nnKOeg

Fortify’s Magnetic FluxPrint 3D Printing Process

Fortify

I recently learned about Fortify’s proprietary 3D printing process which is unique. During printing, it actively mixes photopolymers with other additives such as fiber or metals.

It then uses magnetic fields to align these additives inside the photopolymer, allowing them to intentionally lock alignment in different directions for different sections of prints, resulting in unique features, such as high functional strength, toughness and conductivity.

https://3dfortify.com/system/

NEI Researchers Use Bioprinting Technique To Create Eye Tissue

National Eye Institute

A team at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have been bioprinting cells in their study of degenerative retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The hope is that this particular technique will theoretically provide an unlimited supply of patient-derived tissues to investigate these diseases.

https://www.nei.nih.gov/about/news-and-events/news/nih-researchers-use-3d-bioprinting-create-eye-tissue
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPTkgoR2DPM

Informative Look At Carima’s CMYK Color 3D Printing Resins

Carima

Fabbaloo recently wrote a couple articles on their tests of the Carima CMYK resins. Unlike other 3D printing resins, this one allows you to mix any color you like, just like the regular 2D printing process. The company also states that these resins are non-toxic too, so they’re suitable for a wide range of applications.

https://www.fabbaloo.com/news/hands-on-with-carima-cmyk-non-toxic-3d-printer-resin-part-1
https://carima.com/

Company Launches Microscale 3D Printing Technology At Show

Horizon Microtechnologies

At a recent Formnext tradeshow in December, microfabrication start-up Horizon Microtechnologies launched their new ‘micro-AM’ process.

It’s a little thin on details, but it seems to be another polymer based system, but this time it enables the creation of micrometer-level precision for conductive parts for electrodes, electrical contact pins, ESD-safe parts, microfluidic devices and more.

https://3dmicrofabrication.com/

Team Discovers Simple Method Of Bonding Polymers to Steel

University of Tokyo

Researchers at The University of Tokyo demonstrated how to bond a polymer to galvanized steel simply by pre-treating the steel with an acid wash and dipping it in hot water.

The wash strips the outer layer on the zinc coating of the steel which allows the water to form nanoscale needle structures on the surface. When the polymer was injection molded into the metal it filled in the tiny gaps and ridges between the structures creating very strong mechanical linkages.

https://www.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/news/4070/

Experiments In Re-Inforcing 3D Prints With Fiberglass Mesh Tape

Hackaday / brtv-z

Russian creator Brother-live recently uploaded a video detailing his experiments in adding painters fibreglass mesh tape into 3D prints to increase the strength.

The process involves repeatedly pausing the prints and adding a layer of tape, then resuming. While the finished pieces are crude and require finishing, it is an interesting idea that could be developed further.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y_ahDRboFU
https://hackaday.io/project/188825-reinforcement-with-fiberglass-mesh-in-3d-printing

Meta Confirms Acquisition Of 3D Printed Lens Manufacturer

Luxexcel

Meta recently confirmed the purchase of Belgian 3D printed lens manufacturer Luxexcel for an undisclosed sum.

Although it’s not stated what they intend to do with this new manufacturing capability, it’s assumed that it relates to augmented reality optics.

https://www.luxexcel.com/
https://uploadvr.com/meta-luxexcel-acquisition/
https://www.brusselstimes.com/343692/facebook-parent-meta-buys-belgian-dutch-company-luxexcel

Researchers Develop Novel Way To 3D Print Functional Silicone

Bingham University

Researchers from Bingham University have developed an interesting way to print silicone with variable stiffness as required.

The findings stem from research into a study on replicating vocal cords, where the team came up with an interesting dual extruder system which mixes 2 parts of silicone to change flexibility on demand.

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/3dp.2022.0218