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3D Printing Process Combines Plastic and Metal

Researchers at Waseda University in Japan have developed a metal-plastic hybrid 3D printing technique that fabricates plastic objects with an adhesive metal coating on defined areas.

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People can currently use 3D printers to create objects out of either plastic or metal, but typically it hasn’t been possible to use one machine to print using both materials at once because their melting points are very different.

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Until now, thanks to researchers at Waseda University in Japan, where a team has developed a metal-plastic hybrid 3D printing technique that fabricates plastic objects with an adhesive metal coating on defined areas. The approach, which uses a printer with a dual nozzle, paves the way for easier printing of electronics that can be used in robotic or Internet of things (IoT) applications. “Even though 3D printers let us create 3D structures from metal and plastic, most of the objects we see around us […]

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