Greater range of 3D printing

The range of materials that can be used in 3D printing could be significantly expanded thanks to the University of Nottingham. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded the University a £ 3.5 million grant to develop new materials for 3D printing. As part of the project, researchers will establish a series of 3D printing materials libraries. The main objective of the project is to eliminate an important problem in the world of additive manufacturing: the seemingly unbreakable link between materials and their associated printing techniques. Owing to advanced screening technology, researchers will be able to determine very quickly whether a material can be printed and what its properties are. The team plans to investigate the formulation of materials for inkjet printing, paste extrusion and hot melt extrusion (HME).