Taking inspiration from nature, scientists create a two-component catapult that overcomes limitations in 4D printing.
Using ice to make ultra-clean 2D materials
Using the adhesive properties of ice, researchers have developed a transfer method to move large sheets of 2D materials without breaking them.
4D printing “living” structures inspired by immortal jellyfish
4D printing produces a living polymer network that can be printed into 3D shapes and then broken down into its monomer units for reuse.
Laser-assisted 4D printing could open new avenues in science and technology
4D printing of metallic shape-morphing systems can be applied in many fields, including aerospace, smart manufacturing, naval equipment, and biomedical engineering.
Blood-curdling inspiration for mixed-size porous materials
Blood coagulation is a common but delicate physiological behavior and is inspiring new porous materials.
Machine learning corrects 3D printing in real time
To optimize 3D printing, researchers apply machine learning to minimize waste and optimize structure during the printing process.
Making stickier tape
A new surface treatment enhances the adhesion of double-sided tape to make stickier tapes for soft electronics.
3D printing medicines at speed
Using light-based polymerization, researchers have reduced the amount of time needed to 3D print certain medicines from minutes to seconds.
3D printing the perfect piece of chocolate
Researchers explore how manipulating the properties of chocolate metamaterials can change our enjoyment of it.
Gecko feet-inspired dry adhesive could stick around
Inspired by microscopic hairs on gecko feet, scientists in South Korea have developed a shape-memory polymer that acts as a dry adhesive.