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A hackable, multi-functional, and modular extrusion 3D printer for soft materials
Lei, Iek Man1,2; Sheng, Yaqi1,2; Lei, Chon Lok3,4; Leow, Cillian1; Huang, Yan Yan Shery1,2
2022-12-01
Source PublicationScientific Reports
Volume12Issue:1
Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) printing has emerged as a powerful tool for material, food, and life science research and development, where the technology’s democratization necessitates the advancement of open-source platforms. Herein, we developed a hackable, multi-functional, and modular extrusion 3D printer for soft materials, nicknamed Printer.HM. Multi-printhead modules are established based on a robotic arm for heterogeneous construct creation, where ink printability can be tuned by accessories such as heating and UV modules. Software associated with Printer.HM were designed to accept geometry inputs including computer-aided design models, coordinates, equations, and pictures, to create prints of distinct characteristics. Printer.HM could further perform versatile operations, such as liquid dispensing, non-planar printing, and pick-and-place of meso-objects. By ‘mix-and-match’ software and hardware settings, Printer.HM demonstrated printing of pH-responsive soft actuators, plant-based functional hydrogels, and organ macro-anatomical models. Integrating affordability and open design, Printer.HM is envisaged to democratize 3D printing for soft, biological, and sustainable material architectures.

DOI10.1038/s41598-022-16008-6
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Indexed BySCIE
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000827810800043
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85134389473
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorHuang, Yan Yan Shery
Affiliation1.Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
2.The Nanoscience Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
3.Institute of Translational Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Macao
4.Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
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Lei, Iek Man,Sheng, Yaqi,Lei, Chon Lok,et al. A hackable, multi-functional, and modular extrusion 3D printer for soft materials[J]. Scientific Reports,2022,12(1).
APA Lei, Iek Man,Sheng, Yaqi,Lei, Chon Lok,Leow, Cillian,&Huang, Yan Yan Shery.(2022).A hackable, multi-functional, and modular extrusion 3D printer for soft materials.Scientific Reports,12(1).
MLA Lei, Iek Man,et al."A hackable, multi-functional, and modular extrusion 3D printer for soft materials".Scientific Reports 12.1(2022).
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