Inspired by cacti, Lamar researchers develop self-healing 3D printed objects

Researchers from Lamar University, Texas, have developed a 3D printable self-healing structure using stereolithography (SLA) technology.

Inspired by the internal networks of the prickly pear (Opuntia), the study published in Nature details that such objects can be used to fully restore the mechanical properties of damaged tools “where there is no or only limited access available to conduct a repair.”

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