The world’s first wooden satellite is on the way, in the shape of the Finnish WISA Woodsat. ESA materials experts are contributing a suite of experimental sensors to the mission as well as helping with pre-flight testing. Credit: Arctic Astronautics The world’s first wooden satellite is on the way, in […]

Boston Micro Fabrication’s machines use a technology co-developed by MIT Professor Nicholas Fang to print millimeter-sized products with details at the micron scale. Credit: courtesy of BMF Technologies Professor Nicholas Fang’s startup Boston Micro Fabrication uses a novel light-focusing method to make ultraprecise printers. Whether it’s computer chips, smartphone components, […]

Nanosatellite thrusters that emit a stream of pure ions are the first of their kind to be entirely additively manufactured, using a combination of 3D printing and hydrothermal growth of zinc oxide nanowires. A stainless steel version (top) works better overall but is much more expensive to produce. MIT researchers […]

The morphing nozzle in action, 3D printing fiber-filled composite materials with on-demand control of fiber alignment for “4D printing. Credit: University of Maryland Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created a new shape-changing or “morphing” 3D printing nozzle that was featured as a Frontispiece in the January 5th […]

Illinois researchers developed a spherical lens that allows light coming into the lens from any direction to be focused into a very small spot on the surface of the lens exactly opposite the input direction. This is the first time such a lens has been made for visible light. Credit: […]

Setting up a future lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster+Partners joined ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil. Credit: ESA, Foster and Partners British engineers are fine-tuning a […]

Blown powder directed energy deposition can produce large structures – such as these engine nozzles – cheaper and quicker than traditional fabrication techniques. Credit: NASA As part of the Artemis program, NASA is returning astronauts to the Moon where we will prepare for human exploration of Mars. Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, experts […]

The thin and cost-effective lens is 3D printed and has the capacity to put live cells under the microscope, which would significantly improve diagnostics. Credit: © 2020 KAUST; Andrea Bertoncini Custom-fabricated lenses make it easy to attach high-tech microscopes directly to cell incubators. An optical device that resembles a miniaturized […]

Scientists have developed a method to 3D print structures using local soil. Credit: Aayushi Bajpayee The construction industry is currently facing two major challenges: the demand for sustainable infrastructure and the need to repair deteriorating buildings, bridges, and roads. While concrete is the material of choice for many construction projects, […]

A DLP-printed LCE concept device of a spinal cage with a porous lattice architecture. Biological tissues have evolved over millennia to be perfectly optimized for their specific functions. Take cartilage as an example. It’s a compliant, elastic tissue that’s soft enough to cushion joints, but strong enough to resist compression […]