MIT’s New Polymer Discovery enables 3-D printed Self-folding Electronics

MIT researchers have designed 3-D printed structures that can fold themselves up without any outside stimulus, and the folding begins the instant it is peeled off the printing platform. As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when … Continue reading “MIT’s New Polymer Discovery enables 3-D printed Self-folding Electronics”

MIT study reveals a new way to enhance or reduce the adhesion of freezing droplets.

When freezing droplets impact a surface, they generally either stick to it or bounce away. Controlling this response is crucial to many applications, including 3-D printing, the spraying of some surface coatings, and the prevention of ice formation on structures such as airplane wings, wind turbines, or power lines. Now, MIT researchers have found a … Continue reading “MIT study reveals a new way to enhance or reduce the adhesion of freezing droplets.”

Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3-D printing

New method combines precision printing of stretchable conductive inks with pick-and-place of electronic components to make flexible, wearable sensors Human skin must flex and stretch to accommodate the body’s every move. Anything worn tight on the body must also be able to flex around muscles and joints, which helps explain why synthetic fabrics like spandex … Continue reading “Low-cost wearables manufactured by hybrid 3-D printing”

Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes

Even as robots become increasingly common across different parts of our world, they remain incredibly difficult to make. From designing and modeling to fabricating and testing, the process is slow and costly: even one small change can mean days or weeks of rethinking and revising important hardware. But what if there was a way to … Continue reading “Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes”

Defeating Cyberattacks on 3D Printers

Rutgers University and Georgia Tech engineers have devised three ways to combat cyberattacks on 3-D printers: monitoring printer motion and sounds and using tiny gold nanoparticles. 3D Printers will be attractive targets because 3D-printed objects and parts are used in critical infrastructures around the world, and cyberattacks may cause failures in health care, transportation, robotics, … Continue reading “Defeating Cyberattacks on 3D Printers”