Novel cellulose composite material for the 3D printing of complex objects

Written by Georgi Makin

3D printing cellulose ear
CREDIT: Michael Hausmann/ETH Zurich/Empa

A team of researchers from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Dübendorf, Switzerland) has 3D printed objects with the highest concentration of cellulose in any object 3D printed before. A team of scientists from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa; Dübendorf, Switzerland) have reportedly 3D printed objects with the highest cellulose content than any other object 3D printed. The methodology, described in Advanced Functional Materials, combines direct ink writing 3D printing with a subsequent densification process, increasing the cellulose content in the object to volume...

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