Science & Technology 3D Printing News

3-D-printed structures shrink when heated

Almost all solid materials, from rubber and glass to granite and steel, inevitably expand when heated. Only in very rare instances do certain materials buck this thermodynamic...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 12:00am EDT

Designing for 3-D printing

3-D printing has progressed over the last decade to include multi-material fabrication, enabling production of powerful, functional objects. While many advances have been made, it...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Rachel Gordon | CSAIL | Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 10:00am EDT

Manufacturing microspheres

Microencapsulation, in which a tiny particle of one material is encased within a shell made from another, is widely used in pharmaceuticals manufacturing and holds promise for...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office | Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 12:00am EDT

3-D-printed robots with shock-absorbing skins

Anyone who’s watched drone videos or an episode of “BattleBots” knows that robots can break — and often it’s because they don’t have the proper padding to protect themselves. But...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | Monday, Oct 3, 2016 10:00am EDT

Basic training

A sign above the door says it all: MakerLodge. Here MIT students build things: a four-legged robot, a zoetrope, a gumball machine, an alpha particle spark detector. In fact, a...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Meg Murphy | School of Engineering | Friday, Sep 9, 2016 4:20pm EDT

Lincoln Laboratory lends a 3-D-printed hand

Cyborg beast, phoenix, talon — although these names seem fitting for superhero characters, they are actually names for devices that make people feel like superheroes. These...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Megan Cichone | Lincoln Laboratory | Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 8:00am EDT

3-D printed structures “remember” their shapes

Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are using light to print three-dimensional structures that “remember” their original shapes. Even after...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Friday, Aug 26, 2016 12:00am EDT

Featured video: Making makers at MIT

"MIT has more than 130,000 square feet of hands-on workshops and makerspaces across the campus (with even more to come). We design, prototype, and invent the future of technology...

MIT News - 3-D printing | MIT News Office | Monday, Jun 20, 2016 2:30pm EDT

Need hair? Press “print”

These days, it may seem as if 3-D printers can spit out just about anything, from a full-sized sports car, to edible food, to human skin. But some things have defied the...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 11:59pm EDT

3-D Printing 101

It’s been more than 30 years since the invention of 3-D printing, and yet in some ways the technology is still a frontier of unexplored potential. Three-dimensional printing —...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:00am EDT

First-ever 3-D printed robots made of both solids and liquids

One reason we don’t yet have robot personal assistants buzzing around doing our chores is because making them is hard. Assembling robots by hand is time-consuming, while...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 8:00am EDT

Celebrating 15 years of innovating for the greater good

Over the past 15 years, the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge has helped MIT students turn their innovative ideas for a better world into reality. From projects such as a water-filter...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Carolyn Escobar Kent | Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center | Friday, Mar 25, 2016 4:25pm EDT

Acoustic tweezers manipulate cells with sound waves

Engineers at MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a way to manipulate cells in three dimensions using sound waves. These “acoustic tweezers”...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Monday, Jan 25, 2016 3:00pm EST

3 Questions: Neil Gershenfeld and the spread of Fab Labs

Ten years ago Neil Gershenfeld, professor of media arts and sciences and the founder and director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), began an outreach project that has...

MIT News - 3-D printing | David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Monday, Jan 4, 2016 12:00am EST

Data, drones, and 3-D-printed hearts

It’s been a busy year for MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Researchers won the Turing Award, created groundbreaking algorithms to fix code...

MIT News - 3-D printing | Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015 3:50pm EST