From electronics to 3D – embracing the printing revolution

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From printed electronics to 3D printed aircraft parts, EU-funded researchers are ‘printing out’ the solutions to many key challenges. This edition of CORDIS Express takes a look at a sample of these cutting edge results.

The flexible printed electronics revolution is almost upon us and, thanks to EU funding, Portuguese start-up Ynvisible is ahead of the game. Through the PRINTOO project, the team fully assessed the potential of applying flexible printed electronics to consumer objects. The six-month feasibility study involved carrying out tests on the new platform – called PRINTOO – allowed Ynvisible to better understand the needs of various end users. Watch this space – the next move is to bring the range of flexible printed electronics to market.

Outstanding results in 3D printing are also allowing for breakthroughs in areas as diverse as cartilage regeneration and spare part production for aircraft. Researchers with the HYDROZONES project have investigated the possibility of combining 3D printed microfibre scaffolding with hydrogels for new and improved cartilage implants. To do this, the project has pioneered a new 3-D printing technique, which offers more freedom in the design of scaffolding to promote healing and growth of new tissue.

Meanwhile, when it comes to on-site aircraft maintenance and repair, 3D printing technology developed by the EU-funded REPAIR project will contribute to reducing costs and time, scrap and energy consumption, and enhancing aircraft safety.

This is just a handful of the impressive results helping us print our way to a better world. This week’s edition of CORDIS Express takes a look at these and other results as well as related news.

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