Novel material allows objects to expand once 3D printed

Written by Georgi Makin

Material expands after 3D printing

A novel foam-like material designed by a team at University of California San Diego (CA, USA) enables 3D-printed objects to expand after printing. A team of scientists from the University of San Diego has developed a novel strategy for 3D printing objects that can ‘grow’ after being printed in response to heat. Having previously been limited by the size and shape of conventional 3D printers, the team hopes this new foam-like material will have diverse applications in many fields including architecture, aerospace and biomedicine. Focusing on the limitations of stereolithography, the team reported in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that...

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