The way 3D printers are set up now, they are difficult to customize and make a unique creation or design because the nozzles are only designed to do one thing. With the new nozzle it can construct the fibers in different ways. This new nozzle will change the way 3D printing is done and is available with the newer models of 3D printers that manufacturers are using. It has been tested as a 4D printing device just to note its capabilities.
- A new cutting-edge nozzle for composite fibers, developed by Maryland-based researchers, has been appraised as being capable of improving printing fiber strength.
- The newly devised printing tool breaks historic precedent, because it can change shape during printing, due to actuators that inflate like balloons.
- The tool’s enhanced and ground-breaking abilities were explained by Ryan Sochol, who is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland.
“Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have designed a printhead featuring actuators that allowthe nozzle to change shape, re-orientating material fibers”