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A Feats of Strength 3D Printing Case Study With M2 Materials

A Feats of Strength 3D Printing Case Study With M2 Materials

Contrary to popular belief, everyone has trusted an engineer with their life. In fact, every time you get in an elevator, drive over a bridge, or lay down to sleep you are putting your life in the hands of an engineer. Majority of the time we lend this trust without a single ounce of hesitation but, would you trust a 3D printed part with your life? Our engineer said he would, read on to see if he survived. The Evolution of 3D Printing The 3D printing industry has witnessed significant development since its inception in 1981. In particular, additive manufacturing...

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Your Health and FDM 3D Printing; A Plea To Use Adequate Ventilation

Your Health and FDM 3D Printing; A Plea To Use Adequate Ventilation

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With the ongoing growth of the FDM 3D printing industry, there comes along an increasing need to understand the health implications of such work. I am specifically referring to 3D printing with ABS, HIPS, PLA, and other plastic filaments whereby gas and particle emissions are historically known to be high. Please note that I am writing this article so all my customers, and well basically everyone who uses an FDM printer, including the employees and their families, stay healthy and safe. First, it’s important to be aware that the fumes you smell when printing aren’t just melty plastics in excess...

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Practical Guide to Understanding 3D Printing Technology; An Academic Review

Practical Guide to Understanding 3D Printing Technology; An Academic Review

Advancing at well over Mach III, breaking news events reporting never-before-seen innovative 3D printing technology seems to be a common occurrence, every 30 minutes or so. If you type in any search engine “3D printing” or “new 3D printing technology” you will be confronted with almost 80 million hits, good luck trying to sort your way through that mess. Unless you are intimately connected with developing 3D technology, which I happen to be, then scant chance you will have the technical chops to distinguish hype from reality. I have encountered countless interactions with people asking me about the newly reported...

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The Roadless Traveled, 3D Printing of Micropatterned Anion Exchange Membranes

The Roadless Traveled, 3D Printing of Micropatterned Anion Exchange Membranes

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What do water desalinization facilities, flow batteries, pharmaceutical membrane filtration devices, and 3D printing have in common? Initially my answer was "not much" but it turns out that the commonality between all these highly impactful technologies is a "specialty membrane".  A group of Material Scientist gurus in the Hickner lab at Penn State are 3D printing anionic membranes that could see application in a variety of technologies, including helping to make clean water.   It is hard enough to custom formulate a resin that has moderately robust structural properties, believe me I have been working on this for many years, but the...

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How do you communicate wirelessly with WiFi using only plastic?

How do you communicate wirelessly with WiFi using only plastic?

Authored By Matt M2
Researchers at the University of Washington have managed to get plastic objects that have been printed in 3D to transmit information over WiFi.
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