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Bio-Based Resin Advances Low-Waste Optic 3D Printing

Bio-based photo-resin invented by Lithuanian researchers allows for rapid prototyping with more eco-friendly materials on a variety of 3D-printing platforms. Researchers have made what they said is a considerable advancement toward more sustainable and low-waste additive manufacturing with the development of a new bio-based resin for optic 3D printing.

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Lithuanian researchers from Kaunas University of Technology and Vilnius University created the resin, which is comprised of renewable raw materials and can be used in optical 3D printing (O3DP), a rapid prototyping method that currently uses mainly petroleum-derived resins. “Bio-based photo-curable resins for such technologies are not currently available on the market,” explained Jolita Ostrauskaitė, an associate professor at Kaunas University of Technology. The material not only is more eco-friendly than current resins available for these types of systems but is novel in that it allows for the fabrication of parts with both nano-scale and micro-scale features, said Mangirdas Malinauskas, […]

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