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UV Assisted Direct Ink Writing of 3D Printed and “4D Printed” Shape Memory Epoxy Parts

UV Assisted Direct Ink Writing of 3D Printed and “4D Printed” Shape Memory Epoxy Parts

Written by David

February 11, 2019

The magic of 3D printing has touched most of us in some way by now, as schools in many countries are establishing programs , libraries offer makerspaces for patrons , and designers like architects show us their often bold new 3D printed works made possible by accessible new technology. Some researchers, designers, and engineers not only envision the next step, however, but have already made strides in 4D innovation—characterized by parts that are not only highly functional but may be smart enough to morph into different shapes or textured on an as-needed basis. Researchers from both Southwest Jiaotong University and Georgia Institute of Technology discuss their findings on exploring both 3D and 4D printing via UV-assisted direct-ink write printing. While noting that traditional 3D printing processes make use of typical materials like ABS, PLA, and more, the researchers looked toward epoxy for more expansive uses which may require coating […]

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