Researchers at the University of Melbourne have invented “3D printer ink-gel” a few days ago that can self-repair itself!
If the researchers are fully confident, eventually this “ink-gel” will be capable of repairing any smartphone screen automatically.
The leading member behind this self-repairing 3D printing ink-gel:
Dr. Luke Connal, a chemical engineer and the leading man for the “self-healing ink gel” research said,
Self-healing materials are capable of recovering from damages and restoring their functionality, just like the natural ability of living creatures to repair their tissues, this unique property offers the ability to extend the lifetime of products, which is usually limited by mechanical failures.
However, the next generation ink-gel still remains incomplete. It will most certainly be taking years before the ink can actually self-repair a cracked screen perfectly.
As a result, the team in Melbourne will be announcing some massive changes to peripherals at first. And later solve the cracked screen problem afterward.
Hence, the team is likely to search for numerous solutions for not only saving our money but also be giving an entirely unique and appealing outlook to our smartphones.
Dr. Connal continued,
We are working on this to develop adaptive camouflage materials. We aim to have a 3D printable ink that can be printed by soldiers in remote locations that can change color so they can blend into their environments.
The 3D printing capability means the soldiers could travel with significantly less materials and only print what is required for the specific location.
Another idea is to create materials that will enable submarine officers to use a 3D printer to create spare parts as needed, eliminating the need to store dozens of parts on board. The possibilities are endless.
For more exciting and latest news on 3D printing, stay tuned to TTN.