3D Printing with plants. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientists team and ORNL’s Amit Naskar,” They created a new material with excellent printability and performance by tapping into lignin—a key component of plant cell walls that provides sturdiness. Lignin is a current byproduct of the biofuels process that could become a valuable coproduct with this new use. The method combines lignin, rubber, carbon fibre and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS—commonly used in plastic toys—to 3D print structures with 100 per cent improved weld strength between the layers over ABS alone. To achieve this, we are building on our experience with lignin during the last five years. We will continue fine-tuning the material’s composition to make it even stronger.”
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