An ant-inspired approach to mathematical sampling

In a paper published by the Royal Society, a team of Bristol researchers observed the exploratory behaviour of ants to inform the development of a more efficient mathematical sampling technique. Animals like ants have the challenge of exploring their environment to look for food and potential places to live. With a large group of individuals,

A new family of nanocars ready for the next nano ‘Grand Prix’

According to the British Royal Automobile and the French Automobile clubs, the first car was created in 1770 by the Frenchman Joseph Cugnot. This “Fardier” (French name for a trolley used to transport heavy loads) was a car propelled by a steam engine and powered by a boiler. This 7 m long self-propelled machine reached

DSM and JuggerBot 3D partner to advance pellet extrusion 3D printing

Dutch multinational chemical company Royal DSM has partnered with Ohio-based JuggerBot 3D, a 3D printing engineering and consulting firm, to explore the potential of fused granulate fabrication (FGF) technology. The collaboration will lead to the development of pellet 3D printers and materials, intended for production applications.  Citing an increase in demand for large-scale additive manufacturing,

New RMIT research points to stronger 3D printed alloys via sound waves

Researchers from Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University School of Engineering have used ultrasonic sound waves to strengthen the properties of 3D printed alloys. A study published today in Nature Communications has demonstrated how high-frequency sound waves can have a significant impact on the inner microstructure of 3D printed alloys. They can cause

RMIT proves 3D printed titanium alloys can be enhanced by addition of copper

Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia have trialled a new material for metal 3D printing that combines titanium alloy with copper.  Developed by RMIT’s School of Engineering, titanium-copper alloys were created in a bid to prevent cracking and distortion that can affect titanium when 3D printing. RMIT states that the material

MIT CSAIL startup Inkbit raises $12M in Stratasys and DSM Venturing led funding round

Award winning 3D printer OEM Stratasys and DSM Venturing, the venture capital arm of Royal DSM, have led a $12 million funding round for Massachusetts-based startup Inkbit. Founded in 2017 as a spinout of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, Inkbit has developed a multimaterial inkjet 3D printer. In addition to Stratasys and

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recycles water bottles to make 3D printed tools

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is recycling PET bottles to create 3D printed equipment. A reported first for any airline, this process aims to reduce engineering and maintenance costs, as well as have a more positive impact on the environment. Ton Dortmans, Executive Vice President Engineering & Maintenance (E&M), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, explained, “We are continuously investing

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: Lithium-ion batteries

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. Goodenough, of The University of Texas at Austin, USA, M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA, and Akira Yoshino of Asahi Kasei Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, and Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan “for

2019 Nobel Prize in Physics: Evolution of the universe and discovery of exoplanet orbiting solar-type star

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2019 “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos” with one half to James Peebles of Princeton University, USA, “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and the other half jointly to

DSM, Royal HaskoningDHV and CEAD design “world’s first” lightweight 3D printed bridge

Royal HaskoningDHV, a Netherlands-headquartered engineering consultancy firm, has partnered with global science-based company and material producer DSM, and large-scale 3D printer supplier CEAD to help build a 3D printed bridge.  The three Dutch companies announced that through their partnership, they have designed a lightweight, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) pedestrian bridge constructed using 3D printing and a