3D Printing has brought us a lot of miracles, and the most wonderful thing is the use of 3D printing technology to the development of materials. Let these materials in accordance with our will and needs of deformation, the initiative to adapt to a certain environment, and to bring people unprecedented convenience. Recently, a group of researchers from New York University and the University of Pisa conducted a fairly basic study, using 3D printing technology to create a variety of 3D micro-structures with elastic properties, and compared them. Participants in the study included Julian Panetta, Qingnan Zhou, Luigi Malomo, Nico Pietroni, Paolo Cignoni and Denis Zorin.
The team found that the elastic range of the different textures used in the same material 3D printing was very large. The softest structure is 1000 times times softer than the hardest structure. This brings a lot of space for future designers, allowing them to design special structures to meet specific needs, such as building structures that can withstand enough load and not break, but with a certain amount of elasticity.
In studying these microstructures, scientists are able to create forms that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also interesting that these 3D printed materials are made of some tiled cubic patterns, but are much softer than others, and do not require any support in 3D printing.
"Using a combination of topology plus shape optimization, we searched a fairly large range of symmetrical 3D patterns made of lines, and got a similar structure." "These structures require only one single material 3D printer to print out, without the need for internal support to be used to create objects with specific mechanical behavior," the research team said.