What is it about?

3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is emerging rapidly as a powerful tool to make new objects and to process novel materials. The paper describes recent advances that include improvements to printers to process plastic composites with hard particles such as boron carbide. Applications to make microfluidic devices and tools are also presented.

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3D printing is becoming widely available at low cost. Understanding how best to design and exploit this technology in a range of areas from making scientific equipment to processing biomateterials for prostheses is going to allow rapid advances in various areas.

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Developments in the laboratory have been rapidly transferred to commercial products. Simple ideas can lead to environmentally friendly alternative materials for e.g. radiation shielding.

Professor Adrian R. Rennie
Uppsala University

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This page is a summary of: New possibilities using additive manufacturing with materials that are difficult to process and with complex structures, Physica Scripta, April 2017, Institute of Physics Publishing, DOI: 10.1088/1402-4896/aa694e.
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