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Polymers and soft materials news, December 2017

Silicone inks allow researchers to print life-like artificial organs

Researchers have 3D printed life-like artificial organs that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs.

With 3D printing, researchers have created a metamaterial from cubic building blocks that rotates about its axis in response to compression forces.

Researchers have developed a bacteria-containing, hydrogel-based ink for producing objects with various different properties by 3D printing.

The new scopes increase the differentiation between these excellent sister polymer science titles and take effect from 1 January 2018.

A new desktop 3D printer is up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts, producing Lego-sized objects in minutes rather than an hour.

Scientists have developed a technique for combining carbon nanotubes with ceramics and polymers to form novel composite materials.

Using 3D printers, engineers have turned formerly theoretical structures known as schwarzites into strong, light materials with repeating patterns.

The optical and photocatalytic properties of carbon dots can be precisely tuned by controlling the positions of nitrogen atoms in their structure.

Smart textiles and wearable electronics benefit from graphene.

Why don’t tree frogs slip off wet leaves? The answer lies in their sticky toe pads, which are made up of a mixture of hard and soft materials.

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