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20 Oct 2021

Hybrid 3D Printing Method Will Add a Fourth Dimension to 3D Printing

A new chemical process for additive manufacturing suggests exciting possibilities for 4D printed components - such as properties that change over time.
19 Oct 2021

Ultimaker Announces PVA Removal Station, Enabling Fast Post-Processing

The PVA Removal Station enables 3D printer users to develop products faster by allowing quick and effective elimination of support material.
18 Oct 2021

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on In-Mold Electronics

Thursday 21 October 2021 - IME offers multiple advantages relative to conventional mechanical switches, including reduction in weight and material consumption of up to 70% along with a much simpler assembly. Given these benefits, and increasing interest from OEMs/manufacturers/material suppliers, IDTechEx forecasts IME to be a $1.5bn market by 2032.
18 Oct 2021

Accelerating the Discovery of New Materials for 3D printing

A new machine-learning system costs less, generates less waste, and can be more innovative than manual discovery methods.
14 Oct 2021

Rethinking Smart Cities: Setbacks and How to Move Forward

Ideas have moved on from a smart city being a dystopian world of sensors everywhere and people control by artificial intelligence - smart cities are primarily about progressing to water, food, and power independence and minimal transport. How to make smart cities in both deserts and the sea must be figured out.
12 Oct 2021

10 Years of Ceramic 3D Printing: Where Is It Going Next?

This year, the first company to enter the ceramic 3D printing landscape - Lithoz - is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In this article IDTechEx highlights the market-leading 3D printing processes in the world of additive manufacturing.
11 Oct 2021

3D Printed, Personalised, Wireless Wearables That Never Need a Charge

Engineers have developed a type of wearable they call a "biosymbiotic device," which has several unprecedented benefits. Not only are the devices custom 3D-printed and based on body scans of wearers, but they can operate continuously using a combination of wireless power transfer and compact energy storage.
11 Oct 2021

Pellet 3D Printing

Pellet 3D printing (sometimes called pellet extrusion or fused granulate fabrication (FGF) is a material extrusion-based printing technology that differentiates itself from other extrusion-based technologies (like FFF/FDM) through its feedstock.
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7 Oct 2021

Concrete 3D Printing

In 2005 cement materials, called Contour Crafting publicly introduced the idea of digitally controlled extrusion of . A few years afterwards, Italian entrepreneur Enrico Dini presented the concept of using a powder-bed technique (specifically binder jetting) to 3D print concrete by building a small house. By 2014, the number of large-scale concrete 3D printing began to increase substantially.
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7 Oct 2021

Upcoming Webinar: Cement and Concrete Face the Perfect Storm

Wednesday 27 October 2021 - This webinar explains how the industry of cement, concrete and allied products is entering a perfect storm. Not like diesel vehicles being wiped out but more a confluence of a further industry shakeout into volume and niche players and everything changing.
7 Oct 2021

3D Printing Blood Vessel Networks

Researchers have succeeded in creating a hierarchical blood vessel network, necessary for supplying blood to implanted tissue using 3D printing for creating big and small blood vessels to form for the first time a system that contained a functional combination of both.
5 Oct 2021


J.A.M.E.S., standing for Jetted Additively Manufactured Electronics Sources, is a joint venture between Nano Dimension and Hensoldt. It aims to establish an electronic designers community for 3D printed electronics. IDTechEx heard from JAMES at the Nano Dimension AME Academy in September 2021.
4 Oct 2021

Tweaking Alloy Microchemistry For Flawless Metal 3D Printing

A new study has further refined the process of creating superior metal parts using laser powder bed fusion 3D printing techniques. By using a combination of machine learning and single-track 3D printing experiments, they have identified the favorable alloy chemistries and process parameters, like laser speed and power, needed to print parts with uniform properties at the microscale.
1 Oct 2021

Electronic Glove and Gaming Make Rehabilitation Fun

After a hand injury, it is important to follow a rehabilitation programme to ensure a quick recovery and re-establish strength and function of the hand. The material belongs to the CareGum family. This particular one is thermo-electric, based on silk and has a number of features that makes it versatile and excellent as a wearable sensor on the human body.
1 Oct 2021

Concrete and Cement Reinvented: Growing the Market, Decarbonising 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Hydra Rodrigues, Sona Dadhania and Dr Richard Collins
30 Sep 2021

Problems with Concrete are Opportunities

Many new forms of concrete and similar products seek to overcome their limitations.
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30 Sep 2021

Space Technology Rocketing Upwards

Space. The final frontier, the first step in a journey just beginning, or a horrifying void matched only by your deep fear of the ocean? Whatever your feelings on space, technology has been steadily pushing forwards to take exploration further, faster, and foodier than ever before.
28 Sep 2021

3D Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot

Scientists have created a 3D-printed vaccine patch that provides greater protection than a typical vaccine shot. The trick is applying the vaccine patch directly to the skin, which is full of immune cells that vaccines target. The resulting immune response from the vaccine patch was 10 times greater than vaccine delivered into an arm muscle with a needle jab, according to a study conducted in animals.
27 Sep 2021

Materials Informatics: Industry Activity Steps Up to Accelerate R&D

The ability to develop new materials and bring them to market ever faster is an obvious goal. There continues to be countless developments that improve chemistry and materials science R&D, but perhaps none represent the same paradigm shift that materials informatics offers. Major industry players are waking up to this as the technology matures.
27 Sep 2021

3D Nano-inks Push Industry Boundaries

A new, 3D-printable polymer nanocomposite ink has incredible properties — and many applications in aerospace, medicine and electronics. Mechanical engineering researchers have created a way to make a 3D-printable nanocomposite polymeric ink that uses carbon nanotubes — known for their high tensile strength and lightness. This revolutionary ink could replace epoxies — and understanding why its properties are so fantastic is a first step toward its mass use.