(University of Central Florida)
The University of Central Florida (UCF) with its industry partner SegAna, LLC have developed a 3D Foam Printer and materials systems. This is a first successful demonstration of 3D printing of very flexible foam materials with a density as low as human lungs, ultra-low elastic modulus (10 times lower than elastomers) but ultra-high elongation. Using a patent-pending print head technology, UCF is able to create flexible foam parts by printing the proprietary reactive two-part polyurethane liquid precursors. The 3D foam printing technology can offer a variety of industrial applications such as space, aerospace, biomedical, footwear, and sports applications.