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.
Black phosphorus, a physical of phosphorus, is a two-dimensional material similar to graphene. Its semiconducting bandgap spans a wide region of the electromagnetic spectrum making it more appealing as a printer ink for many optoelectronic and photonic applications.
HP and Siemens have been partners for many years, but the companies continue to build on the relationship with an eye toward pushing out innovation in additive manufacturing, transforming it from a prototyping technology to a cost-effective production technology.
Researchers from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a new water-based lithium-ion battery that can reach the critical 4.0 volt threshold without the danger of explosion and fire inherent in non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries.
The system, which can either be a mobile unit or fixed to the shop floor, enables a three-step process that recovers any unused material from the printer, screens it and returns it to the machine for immediate reuse or to a container for storage.
Ultrasonic manipulation could incorporate assembly into additive manufacturing, widening the capabilities of current printers, potentially leading to the creation of a printer that could print and assemble whole devices.
GKN Aerospace and the U.S. Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have partnered to improve the deposition process of additive manufacturing for aerospace to achieve volume production of large titanium components.