SEP 22, 2020 8:50 PM PDT

Novel 3D Printing for Soft Materials

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have created a novel technique for 3D-printing gels and soft materials. The development could jumpstart the production of small medical devices inside the body.

The current 3D printing machine makes complex structures via sheets of material. However, to 3D print a gel and other soft materials—it gets a bit tricky. Researchers have decided to focus on a different 3D printing technique via using electrons and X-rays. The types of radiation have higher energy and shorter wavelengths.

Learn more about current 3D printing methods:

"We're bringing new tools -- electron beams and X-rays operating in liquids -- into 3D printing of soft materials," said NIST researcher Andrei Kolmakov.

Findings were published online in ACS Nano.

Source: Science Daily

About the Author
  • Nouran earned her BS and MS in Biology at IUPUI and currently shares her love of science by teaching. She enjoys writing on various topics as well including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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