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Anisoprint: Composite 3D Printing with Continuous Fibers

3D printing with continuous fibers is a new technology that is still improving and maturing. As an emerging additive manufacturing process, its versatility and potential are still being tested. So far, it has proven to be a useful tool for producing parts that have specific qualities – like flexibility, strength, or softness – that cannot be made as efficiently with other processes.
In general terms, Anisoprinting use a process of 3D printing using continuous synthetic fibers as a build material. The resulting composite materials have unique properties not possible with most other methods. In this post, we’ll explain who Anisoprinting is and how they use continuous fibers with other additive manufacturing techniques to produce objects with unique properties.

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Anisoprint: The Future of Material Design

The aerospace industry has been enthusiastic about composite materials and their use, as well as their disappointment. Composites have been used in jet aircraft for decades, but their design, manufacture, and post-processing have been treated the same as metals. Composites are a more difficult technology to design than metals because of their complexity. Because there is not much theory behind simulating or estimating the behaviour of composites, the same simple methods used for metals are applied to them. Fibre reinforced composites are directional by nature, whereas metals are omnidirectional, and all design methods are created for isotropic materials.

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Copper 3D: How they Hacked the Pandemic

Face masks were in low supply during COVID-19, despite the fact that they are a basic necessity for the majority of the world’s populations. The usage of these masks (or ones identical to them) on public transportation has also been advised by authorities in various locations. Although these masks are helpful, they nevertheless have a few drawbacks, including a poor lateral fit, a brief lifespan of just around 8 hours, and an even more serious issue. SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) and other respiratory viruses can survive for up to 72 hours on various surfaces.

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Copper 3D: Reducing HIV Transmission From Breastfeeding

Copper3D, a Chilean and US-based 3D printing firm, employs nano-copper additions and adds antimicrobial qualities to polymers like PLA and TPU to make antibacterial 3D printed products. Copper3D, who have collaborated with NASA previously to explore microbiological hazards in space also started work on a project in their home in Chile.

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Natural Machines: Food Piping vs 3D Printing

Is 3D food printing merely a fancy way of automating piping bags? That analogy works occasionally. However, this is not always the case. Some individuals will comment that 3D food printing is simply automating a piping bag when they observe food being printed layer by layer. That is accurate in some situations, and it makes for a solid fundamental parallel.

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