3D printing in seconds

Researchers from Switzerland’s Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) say they have developed a completely new way of creating small 3D, soft objects that offer remarkable resolution “in a matter of seconds”.



How to get complex wear-resistant parts within a few days

Additive manufacturing gives designers new freedom and flexibility in the design of components with complex geometries. If light and durable wear-resistant parts are required, igus offers the right answer with its 3D printing service. Using the online iglidur designer tool, the designer can upload the STEP file, select from over 60 iglidur materials with several manufacturing methods and order the part within seconds for dispatch within a few days.


Smash-proof, all-metal guitar set to rock EDS

Global engineering group Sandvik will showcase its cutting-edge 3D-printed stainless-steel guitar at the Engineering Design Show (EDS) in two weeks’ time, on 16 October 2019 in Coventry.


Liquid-in-liquid 3D printed structures

Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to 3D print structures composed entirely of liquids. They envision their all-liquid material could be used to construct liquid electronics that power flexible, stretchable devices.


How the igus speedigus service delivers customised parts fast

Complementing over 12,000 different iglidur types of plain bearings held in stock, the igus speedigus service is available for customised parts. In this week’s video, Gerhard Baus, plain bearing specialist at igus, provides an overview of the speedigus service, which is divided into four divisions: speedimould, speedicut, speedifit and speediprint.



5 things you'd never have guessed were 3D printed

When it comes to additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, you would like to think you’ve seen it all. Check out this week’s video to watch 5 things you’d never guess were 3D printed.


Using UV light to change a 3D printed object’s colour

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are using their ColorFab method to change the colour of 3D printed parts on demand. Using their own 3D printable ink that changes colour when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, the team can recolour a multicoloured object in just over 20 minutes.


Smart windows use liquid to switch from clear to reflective

Researchers from the University of Delaware have developed prototype windows that switch from reflective to clear with the simple addition of a liquid. The switchable windows are said to be easy to manufacture and could help keep parked cars cool in the sun or make office buildings more energy efficient.


How to source the right manufacturing partner

We have collaborated with leading digital manufacturer, Proto Labs, to create a guide to sourcing the most appropriate and cost effective manufacturing partner for your project. Find out more in this short video where we talk to Damian Hennessey, director at Proto Labs, about our 'How to' Guide.



Autonomous humanoid robot shows a range of movements

An autonomous humanoid robot has been developed under a joint project between academia and industry. The open platform robot was developed by The University of Bonn’s Autonomous Intelligent Systems group with help from tribo-plastic specialist igus.


SLS 3D printing of iglidur components

In this week’s video, motion plastics expert igus demonstrates how 3D parts are printed using the selective laser sintering (SLS) process. Using iglidur I3-PL tribo-powder, a new polymer material developed specifically for laser sintering, plain bearings are at least three times more wear resistant than those printed from standard materials.


World’s first autonomous, entirely soft robot

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. The small, 3D-printed robot, nicknamed the octobot, could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines.




MIT researchers 3D print hydraulically-powered robot

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have presented what they claim is the first-ever technique for 3D printing robots that involves printing solid and liquid materials at the same time.


The first ever smartphone 3D printer

Olo 3D, a startup company that has produced what is claimed to be the first ever smartphone 3D printer has raised $1million in five days on Kickstarter. The company wants to make 3D printing accessible to everyone on the planet. The Olo won the World Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Award in October 2015.


Dutch students 3D print a stainless steel bicycle

In 2015 MX3D, a Dutch startup announced it was going to build a steel bridge over a canal in Amsterdam using multi axis robotic arms as 3D printers. The company has also been assisting a team of students from TU Delft to develop a fully functional 3D printed stainless steel bicycle called the Arc Bicycle.


Shape shifting architectures mimic plant movements

A team of researchers from the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS has developed a microscale printing method to create transformable objects. These ‘4D-printed’ objects go a step beyond 3D printing to incorporate a fourth dimension: time.


Delivering superior quality parts faster

Idaho Steel, food processing equipment manufacturer, claims to have saved 90% on the cost of its end-use parts by investing in SLS 3D printing technology from 3D Systems.



Soft robotic hand can pick up and identify different objects

Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a robotic hand made of silicone rubber. The aim is to improve the dexterity or robots that, traditionally find it hard to grasp, hold and manipulate objects without crushing or dropping them.


3D printing with molten glass

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have unveiled a new additive manufacturing technique that prints molten glass at high temperatures, layering it to produce 3D printed glass objects able to transmit light.