3D & Nanotechnology
3D printing was developed by a team led by Emanuel Sachs from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1980s. Also known as binder jetting, the method involves placing down a layer of a powder and then jetting a liquid binder on the areas to be solidified. While related to predictable ink jet printers, 3-D printers are capable to build further layers on top of previous ones to build 3-D objects, even refined objects that assist as medical implants. These 3D printing methods are reaching a stage where preferred products and structures can be made self-determining of the complexity of their shapes – even bioprinting tissue is currently in the realm of the possible.