April 2016

4D printed tracheal stent used during surgery on Chinese woman

2016-04-23T12:42:13+00:00 April 24th, 2016|English, News|

The Chinese medical world is increasingly becoming known for their very open approach to new 3D printed solutions. A diverse list of 3D printed medical innovations has already been used in Chinese hospitals, where the lives of numerous patients have already been saved with the help of 3D printed surgical tools or implants. But these [...]

January 2016

Harvard’s 4D printed flowers to pave way for 4D printing human tissues

2016-10-19T10:06:03+00:00 January 27th, 2016|English, News|

When I interviewed Voxel8 CEO Jennifer Lewis last year, she told me that she didn’t want me to conflate her research with her commercial work, namely the multi-material, electronics 3D printer she developed at Voxel8.  This meant that my questions regarding 4D printing and bioprinting would have to be reserved for a separate interview.  While the [...]

December 2015

4D printing material can shape-shift and transform under heat and light

2016-10-19T10:06:12+00:00 December 17th, 2015|English, News|

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering and from Clemson University in South Carolina have developed a new hybrid material that can actually reconfigure itself multiple times into different shapes when exposed to different light and/or heat stimuli. The research combines photo-responsive fibers with thermo-responsive gels, and has strong potential to be [...]

November 2015

MIT 3D prints bacteria to create organically reactive material

2015-11-06T19:57:05+00:00 November 7th, 2015|English, News|

We have already witnessed numerous ways that sensors and robotics can be implemented into 3D printing projects, using non-printed components to cause a reaction in the printed material. In fact, another MIT team has recently printed onto stretchable textiles in order to create wearer-reactive footwear, one of the many examples of how our bodies and external [...]