Developers at Laser Zentrum Hanover (LZH, Germany) are using their two-photon polymerization system to create 100-200 nm structures. The idea is similar to rapid prototyping, but in 3D rather than building with 2D layers. Twin laser beams, generating femtosecond laser pulses focused at the same point in a liquid resin, sweeping through three dimensions, form the nanostructures or microstructures. Two-photon polymerization solidifies the resin at the localized focus area.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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