Gallery: 3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a Ne...


3D printers are everywhere these days, creating items from racecars to prosthetic beaks for bald eagles. Sadly, one major drawback of this new technology is that the objects made from metals and plastic polymers can easily fall apart from physical stress or poor design. Now, researchers at Purdue and Adobe’s Advanced Technology Labs have designed a computer program that can automatically identify weak spots in design specifications and add support before they’re printed.

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