How to Print Everything on a Single Machine

By on November 8th, 2013 in research


Modern 3D printers are built for one thing: reproducing 3D designs in a printer’s native material. If you want your design in a different material, you’ll need to use a different printer; or at least that used to be the case.
A new 3D printing technique, developed by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of Western Ontario, could allow users to alter a single printing material for a variety of custom applications.
To develop this new technique, the Chinese-Canadian team began by impregnating 3D printing resin with bromine-containing acrylate. Once printed, this acrylate allows hair-like polymer brushes to grow on the surface of the print. The hairs are then altered through the use of surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization to take on any number of different properties.

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!