It’s a tall order to serve both the DIY community and the small industrial prototyping community simultaneously, as both groups have very different needs and value sets. Still, new 3D printing solutions must be a mix of both to be successful.
Researchers at the Department of Energy lab have 3D-printed solar-power receivers that are up to 20 percent better at absorbing sunlight than current technology, as well as less expensive to fabricate.
Computer scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria have designed what they called “CurveUps,” or flat sheets that transform themselves from 2D to 3D into smooth-surfaced, free-form objects.
Researchers at MIT have made a new, significant discovery in terms of the mechanics involved when droplets come in contact with surfaces, research that could help develop new 3D-printing techniques and improve other applications.