Hobs studio has supplied a 3D printer for university research into the hardest biological materials. Working with professor Asa Barber, who led the study, a Projet 5500 3D has been specified to help in this research. This particular 3D printer uses different materials to print structures from flexible (rubber) to solids.
Professor Barber said "The next stage is 3D-trying to print out the structures that we observe in the natural world". This will enable research into creating materials which mimic the properties of the Limpets teeth and other natural structures; this is known as 'bioinspiration'. As well as completing training and offering on-going support, Hobs Studio have also helped introduce professor Barber to 3D printing industry experts and high-performance engineers to test the resulting materials and explore potential industrial applications.
Professor Barber adds "working in collaboration with Hobs Studio has helped us bring academia and the commercial sector closer together. We're all benefiting from each other's expertise and it has given us access to a wealth of specialist knowledge. Long may it continue".