3D printing which is also known as additive manufacturing uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects. Coupled with functional printing which adds functions such as light emission or movement to a printed product, this ever-expanding technology is enabling formation of new functional structures, such as printed moving robots, new plastic solar cells, and military and medical equipment.
The Hebrew University establish Israel’s first center with a focus on 3D and functional printing. The interdisciplinary center enable researchers from chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, agriculture and computer science to explore new scientific and technological avenues in this exciting and emerging field. The central “printing lab” provide accessibility for Hebrew University researchers to a variety of printing technologies needed for performing high level research in this field as well as encouraging academic and industrial collaborations and breakthroughs.
The equipment at the Center composed of printers representing various technologies, such as Inkjet printing, Digital Light Processing, Fused Deposition Modeling, powder printing and Laser sintering.
It is expected that combining functional printing with 3D printing will enable formation of new functional structures, such as printed moving robots, new plastic solar cells, printed functional food and even human organs.