3D Printable Syntactic Foams Could Help Submarines Reach Deeper Depths

A team of researchers from New York University School of Engineering have developed 3D printable syntactic foam materials. These foams are lightweight composites that offer exceptional buoyancy and strength, and are commonly used for submarine components.

Scientists at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering have developed the first process to produce 3D printed components from syntactic foams. … The team, led by Nikhil Gupta, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU [Tandon], tested the new syntactic foam filaments using a commercial 3D printer. The researchers also discovered that the filaments are recyclable, making them more environmentally friendly. “Our focus was to develop a filament that can be used in commercial printers without any change in the printer hardware,” explained Gupta.


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