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Will 3D Printing Get Past the Plastic?
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Blog : Materials
Answering Your Questions: Beyond Prototyping, How is 3D Metal Printing Being Used in the Automotive Industry?
Can metal 3D printing help automakers with more than just prototyping? It can, and it has, says our engineering expert.
Blog : Materials
Wanted: Uses for a Beetle-Inspired 'Spider-Man' Adhesive
Professor Paul Steen helped to create a beetle-inspired adhesive. Now it's about finding applications for it.
On-Demand Webinars : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Future is Now for Metal 3D Printing

Today, the benefits and potential of 3D printing is widely known. Plastics are the most common materials for 3D printing but are not always the best choice. Metal 3D printing has benefits that make it an attractive alternative to using plastics; for example, strong prototype and production parts can be...

Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
What are your Biggest Manufacturing Challenges?

What parts of the design process are the most difficult? What information are you looking for now to help you with your job? Is there a specific technology area that can be challenging to find out the latest solutions for?

Let us know in the comments: What are your Biggest Manufacturing...

News : Medical
First Hybrid Nanotech Device Mimicking Blood-Brain Barrier

Researchers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia fabricated an artificial device reproducing a 1:1 scale model of the blood-brain barrier, the anatomical and functional structure...

News : Photonics/Optics
Ultra-Thin Optical Fibers Offer New Way to 3-D Print Microstructures

For the first time, researchers have shown that an optical fiber as thin as a human hair can be used to create microscopic structures with laser-based 3D printing. The...

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Photoreversible Molecular Switch Changes Thermoresponsive Polymer

Researchers have developed a novel strategy to control the shapes of polymeric materials by utilizing photoresponsive molecular switches. This could aid the development of an...

News : Materials
Shape-Memory Aerogels Created With Rubber-Like Elasticity

Polymeric aerogels are nanoporous structures that combine some of the most desirable characteristics of materials, such as flexibility and mechanical strength. It is nearly impossible...

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