Latest Developments in 3D Printing Inks to Boost Growth of Global 3D Printing Market


Published Date : Apr 14, 2016

Three-dimensional technology for printing plays an important role across customization, prototyping, agglomeration, facilitating manufacturing processes, and production of certain items. With the rapid growth of the manufacturing sector, the demand for 3D printing is expected to elevate consistently. In the next few years, 3D printing will witness immense growth in personal as well as commercial applications.

Whisky Might Inspire 3D Printing Options

Researchers at the Princeton University have pointed out that the remarkable evaporation qualities of whisky might be able to inspire a broad range of 3D printing options. This can lead to the development of new 3D printing inks and even coating materials. The drying properties of whisky are quite different than that of coffee. When a coffee ring is formed on a surface such as newspaper, coffee evaporates faster at the ring’s edges, resulting to change in surface tension that attracts more liquids to those edges.  Whiskies that do not leave coffee rings have two important drying properties- the presence of fat-like molecules to lower the surface tension, and the presence of plant-derived polymers that results to sticking effects. 

A research team at the Northwestern University has found out a new process to use liquid inks and common furnaces in 3D printing. Usually, the usage of electron and laser beams in 3D printing is very expensive. The new technique is expected to be cost-effective. Also, the process has been claimed to be much faster and uniform and works with a wide range of alloys, compounds, and metals. The process can be used for metal 3D printing. Printing on metal oxides is safer, cheaper, and more stable compared to some of the pure metal powders. This technique opens up the scope of using cheap oxide powders than expensive metal powders.