Nanoparticle 3D Printing Imitates Natural Construction

Published by , March 24, 2017 2:40 am

(ConstructionDive)  Washington State University researchers have developed 3D print technologies allowing for material control at a nanoscale, molecular level. 3D printing at the nanoparticle level provides researchers with ability to begin manufacturing at an infinitely smaller scale — down to one thousand-millionth of a meter. The method could be applied beyond aerosol jet printing to ceramic and metal-powder additive manufacturing techniques and systems. The process is akin to fractal modeling and construction that seeks to mimic the framework of organic systems construction.
The Researchers used an aqueous ethylene glycol solution atomized into gas to create a usable ink for the Optomec Aerosol Jet technique for 3D printing.