CALL for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions

European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the crisis, develop resilience and build on green and digital transformation for the recovery Read more about CALL for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions[…]

How can mass production methods be applied to individualized products?

One answer is to use a combination of digital manufacturing technologies, for example by integrating digital printing and laser processing into traditional manufacturing processes. This paves the way for in-line product customization. Six Fraunhofer institutes have pooled their expertise to take the new process to the next level. The term mass production generally suggests large Read more about How can mass production methods be applied to individualized products?[…]

Solar cell fabrication process speed up by 3D printing

Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in hours instead of days thanks to a new system built by scientists at Australia’s Monash University, incorporating 3D-printed key components. The machine can analyse 16 sample perovskite-based solar cells simultaneously, in parallel, dramatically speeding up the process. The invention means that the Read more about Solar cell fabrication process speed up by 3D printing[…]

The smallest 3D printed microrobot

The future of robotics might not be the industrial, metallic kind we are used to. Researchers at Linköping University are making strides in soft robotics, reaching smaller and smaller milestones for the field. We are all familiar with conventional robots, heavy arms of solid metal running on electric motors. Maybe for assembling a car. They Read more about The smallest 3D printed microrobot[…]

New opportunities to create “smart skins” for printed parts

Rutgers engineers have created a highly effective way to paint complex 3D-printed objects, such as lightweight frames for aircraft and biomedical stents, that could save manufacturers time and money and provide new opportunities to create “smart skins” for printed parts. The findings are published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Conventional sprays and brushes Read more about New opportunities to create “smart skins” for printed parts[…]

A dashboard tray that appears and disappears at the wave of a hand

Storage trays in cars can be real dustbowls. But they also fulfill a useful function. Where else to store those sunglasses, paper handkerchiefs or a parking disc? A new type of storage tray, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, is concealed in the dashboard and only materializes when needed Read more about A dashboard tray that appears and disappears at the wave of a hand[…]

Embed information with a 3D printer and retrieve with a commercial scanner

A team from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), composed of Ph.D. Student Arnaud Delmotte, Professor Yasuhiro Mukaigawa, Associate Professor Takuya Funatomi, Assistant Professor Hiroyuki Kubo, and Assistant Professor Kenichiro Tanaka, has developed a new method to embed information in a 3D printed object and retrieve it using a consumer document scanner. Information such Read more about Embed information with a 3D printer and retrieve with a commercial scanner[…]

New solutions for power plant noise emissions

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the technology group Wärtsilä have completed a three-year project funded by Business Finland, which created new solutions for power plant noise emissions. New solutions can reduce a power plant’s noise level by 10–20 decibels. In practice, this means a 90–99% reduction in noise footprint. Increasing the use of Read more about New solutions for power plant noise emissions[…]

Titanium-copper alloys could be a new 3D printing option for aerospace and medical devices

Successful trials of titanium-copper alloys for 3D printing could kickstart a new range of high-performance alloys for medical device, defence and aerospace applications. Current titanium alloys used in additive manufacturing often cool and bond together in column-shaped crystals during the 3D printing process, making them prone to cracking or distortion. And unlike aluminium or other Read more about Titanium-copper alloys could be a new 3D printing option for aerospace and medical devices[…]

A new 3D printing technique makes bone implants to be precisely fitting

Cancerous tumors, infections or bad fractures can make it necessary to surgically remove bones and insert implants in their place. In collaboration with European partners, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a technique with which bone implants that are precisely fitting, stable and variable in dimensions can be 3D-printed from a special plastic. The secret lies Read more about A new 3D printing technique makes bone implants to be precisely fitting[…]

3D Nanoprinting Facilitates Communication with Light

At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), researchers have developed a flexible and efficient concept to combine optical components in compact systems. They use a high-resolution 3D printing process to produce tiny beam-shaping elements directly on optical microchips or fibers and, hence, enable low-loss coupling. This approach replaces complicated positioning processes that represent a high obstacle Read more about 3D Nanoprinting Facilitates Communication with Light[…]

A 3D printed stethoscope is the first open-source medical device that has been clinically validated and is widely available

A team of researchers have developed an open-source, clinically validated template for a 3D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world with limited access to medical supplies – places where a stethoscope could mean the difference between life and death. “As far as we know this is the first open-source medical device that Read more about A 3D printed stethoscope is the first open-source medical device that has been clinically validated and is widely available[…]