Harvard solves nature’s composite materials puzzle with rotational 3D printing

Harvard solves nature’s composite materials puzzle with rotational 3D printing

Composite materials, found naturally in teeth and shells, or synthetically as reinforced concrete, car tires and plywood, rely on the arrangement of fibers to create superior strength . In man-made objects however, the challenge is still replicating nature’s way of doing things. With rotational 3D printing, a team from the award winning Lewis Lab at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a way of controlling fiber orientation within a material, putting FFF 3D printers in a spin. The study’s senior author, Jennifer A. Lewis , comments, “We can now pattern materials in […]

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