Recently, the “Practical Science” practice group of the School of Materials Science and Engineering of Beijing Institute of Technology successfully developed a natural mosquito repellent-patchouli sustained-release hydrogel, but how to effectively store the hydrogel to achieve longer-lasting mosquito repellent The effect is difficult. The practice team needs a container to hold the hydrogel that can not only slow down the water loss of the hydrogel, but also meet the requirements of safety, environmental protection and health. In the previous project, the students of the practice team had been exposed to 3D Printing technology and cellulose biocomposite materials, so this time the students decided to try 3D Printing technology to make the container. They used UPM Formi 3D material as the raw material for the production of gel container bottles, personally designed the modeling structure and carried out repeated experiments and optimizations, and finally completed the printing with the leader of Flash Casting Technology 2S.

(Guider 2S printed patchouli sustained-release hydrogel container model. Source: Hangzhou Kewan New Materials Co.) UPM Formi 3D material is pure wood-based natural fiber with self-supporting properties. This performance can support the three-dimensional model to be printed into a hollow shape to carry the patchouli slow-release hydrogel, which solves the problem of the hydrogel being easy to lose water. Thus, an artifact with unique shape, environmental protection and long-lasting mosquito repellent was born.

(Guider 2S printed patchouli essential oil mosquito repellent. Source: Hangzhou Kewan New Materials Co.) The successful production of the above mosquito repellent product storage containers cannot do without the support of 3D printing technology. At present, the use of 3D printing technology for product prototype development has become a trend. 3D printing has the characteristics of design freedom, material saving, and fast delivery. In today’s ever-changing market environment, it is undoubtedly a good helper for product development and verification in the early stage. In response to the prototype development needs of different fields, the types of 3D printing materials used are also diverse. Therefore, in the face of the printing needs of various special materials, a 3D printer that supports multi-consumable printing and can stably output is particularly important. Flashcasting Technology Guider 2S has a 300°C high temperature nozzle, which can support printing PLA/ABS/ASA/PA/TPU/PACF and other consumables, and cooperates with the world-renowned and established material manufacturer German LEHVOSS brand to support more Industrial supplies. At present, the leader 2S has become the choice of many product prototype development.

(G2S lampshade 3D printing prototype) As Professor Lu Bingheng said, “the future 3D printing industry will gradually become a powerful tool for product development in all walks of life.” Flashforge believes that through the joint efforts of people inside and outside the industry, 3D printing can be used in all walks of life. The innovative applications of the company will continue to flourish, providing more sustainable solutions for product research and development. ” 

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