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The Future Is Now: 3-D Printers Are Poised to Disrupt the Economy

For years we've heard about how 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been used in industries that require unique parts and customization like healthcare, military, automotive and aerospace. We've seen an expansion in materials...

source: By Ronnie Richard
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A new process uses 3D printing to create components of syntactic foam — extremely strong and lightweight composites used in vehicles, airplanes, and ships. Researchers say the breakthrough holds particular promise for submarines because it will allow manufacturers...

source: Futurity

Classic car parts aren't exactly easy to source, but Porsche Classic thinks it has a solution. Porsche Classic, the automaker's division devoted solely to its older cars, has started to rely on 3D printing to help alleviate problems with parts supplies. Whether it's plastic...

source: CNet

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable "electronic skin" that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices.

source: R & D Magazine

Eastman officials think MXF221 could be a new option for medical device manufacturers – especially because a cracked housing could endanger the electronics inside expensive equipment including ultrasound and MRI machines. Eastman...

source: Medical Design & Outsourcing

In nature, colors can serve as a form of communication, but they can also hide animals and plants, camouflaging them from sight. Researchers now report that they have developed polymers that can better mimic nature's color-changing abilities than existing polymers. They...

source: Science Daily

Rice University scientists plan to employ the power of the sun to build functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive quantum dots -- microscopic semiconducting particles -- as a catalyst. The luminescent dots are only a few nanometers wide, but are highly tunable for...

source: Science Daily

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