3D-Printed Self-Healing Material

3D-Printed Self-Healing Material
A 3D-printed material able to self-repair could be a game-changer in industries like tire and electronics manufacturing.

The material was created by a team from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering using a liquid resin that hardens when exposed to light. By carefully altering the amount of oxidant, which allows the material to self-heal, the team was able to strike a balance between quick self-healing and rapid photopolymerization. In tests, the material could self-heal when cut in half and exposed to heat, while increasing the heat speeds the healing process.

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Could this be used in winter shoes as a self-healing friction sole?
Posted by Uolevi Kattun on February 8, 2019

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