Now You Can 3D Print with Memory Foam!

Ron RivkindOctober 14, 2014

An exciting new material for desktop filament fabricators is now available at from Kai Parthy, the inventor of the original Laywoo-D3 and Laybrick filaments; a sponge/porous 3d printer filament called Layfomm.

When objects printed with Layfomm are dipped in water for two to three days, they become soft and flexible. This is due to a unique material property called Viscoelasticity, which is very rare and never seen in 3D-printing. Something that’s viscoelastic, like a memory foam pillow, will become misshapen when pressure is applied and, then, slowly return to its original state.

Producing a viscoelastic object could have the following applications:

  • storing small amounts of mechanical energy
  • to damp vibrations (which means the material is a spring plus a damper in once!)
  • shoe insoles
  • viscoelastic foams
  • artificial soft-tissue
  • retardation of mechanical movements (trigg era fast movement and change the movement into a slower motion)

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