Chemistry, materials science, and processes continue to be major areas of focus for HP Labs, as researchers look to broaden the range of materials that can be 3D printed and thereby open the technology to many new kinds of applications.
“Looking ahead, we’re asking how we can use our understanding of fundamental chemistry, physics and materials science to use voxel control to build 3D devices and parts that are truly multi-propertied, multi-functional, and made from multi-materials. ” says Zhao.
3D printing is an integrated solution, spanning materials, hardware, and software, and therefore rewards an interdisciplinary approach.
“Everyone on our team is coming at this from a different background,” Zhao adds. “And we’re continuing to work with our business group partners in Barcelona, San Diego, Vancouver, and Corvallis to push the technology forward, demonstrate potential possibilities and feasibilities, and ensure that this exciting new technology is continually advanced.”