The right material for the job

3D Printing, functional material, i3DP, resin -

The right material for the job

Adaptive material for increasing complex 3D printing

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has come a long way from its humble beginnings of producing simple plastic parts. Today 3D printing is used to produce increasingly complex functional components, including mechanisms, and electronics. It is now evolving from a prototyping technology into a full production technique. As the demands on 3D printers become more complicated, it is important that 3D printing materials become more adaptive and functional. The challenge is to develop materials that can be the basis for printing many different types of complex products.

Inspired by nature

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. Scientists have long desired to create synthetic systems that function with the precision and efficiency of biological systems. By examining the design of nature and billions of years of evolution, designers, scientists, and engineers can help create elegant and more efficient products and processes that can aid our everyday lives. One such inspiration is the stem cell.

Stem cells are unspecialized biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells with specific functions. Found in both humans and animals, stem cells have the remarkable ability to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth, such as muscle cells, red blood cells or brain cells. It is this unique property of that gives stem cells the potential to help cure many human diseases.

One resin, Endless possibilities

Formi i3DP resin system looks to mimic these stem cell differentiation properties in a 3D printing material.   The i3DP technology offers the unique ability of producing various and multiple surface functions through the printing of a single photopolymer material. Functional properties are added post-printing through a simple series of solutions. This system can deliver new surface properties such as metalization, hydrophobicity, and magnetism to 3D printed objects. Through the use of new materials capable of multi-functional properties, designers could more quickly satisfy their design requirements.