3D printing technology has been well known to all of us. While only rigid materials could be 3D printed so far. Most 3D printing materials strive for rigidity, creating prints that are strong. That's not always what you need, You may want some prints that are stretchable and flexible.
Silicone is a substance everyone is familiar with, as it’s commonly used for construction. Silicone is elastic, temperature and radiation resistant, can be formulated in literally any color or different durometers and features a low compression set, from which useful components can be made.
But can you 3D print with this stuff? Silicone is a common, yet problematic material to 3D print. This is because silicone cannot simply be heated up and printed into shapes the same way that thermoplastics or metals are. But it’s materials properties that make it such a desirable material in the first place.
In order to make it possible to use silicone for those purposes, Trandomed researchers develop a completely different process. Currently we have 3D printed silicone vascular model and silicone organ model.
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