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Australian scientists create 3D printed plastic made with a ‘special powder’ added to the resin that can ‘heal itself’ when put under a LED light

  • Scientists created a self-healing plastic that can be used in 3D printing 
  • A special powder is added to the liquid resin used in the printing process, which assists with mending materials should they become damaged 
  • The repairs can be done at room temperature and only need take place under LED lighting



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A team of scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have demonstrated a way to help 3D printed plastic quickly and cheaply ‘heal itself’ in a major commercial breakthrough.

The team found adding a special powder to the liquid resin used in the printing process can assist with mending materials should they become damaged.

The repairs can be done at room temperature and only need take place under LED lighting, which triggers a chemical reaction and the fusion of the fractured pieces.

Currently, achieving the same result can mean having to disassemble products and putting the …….

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10343369/Aussie-discovery-able-heal-3D-plastic.html

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