A printer-manufactured toilet paper which can function like an ordinary paper towel has been tested by scientists at the University of Melbourne, and has been successfully tested in a lab setting.
The paper was printed using a method known as 3D printing, which uses a laser to print objects from a computer.
The toilet paper tested by the researchers, published in Nature Photonics, has the ability to absorb heat and flow like water, and is a useful material for use in many industrial applications.
“The material is suitable for printing both soft and hard materials, but the most important application is in the textile industry, where we have already seen applications for paper towels, such as for printing fabrics,” said lead author Professor Paul Wodtke, from the university’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
“It is a great example of a printer-based printing method that is suitable to the manufacturing of a wide range of applications.”
Professor Wodterke’s team used an innovative 3D printer to print the paper in a 3D model of the toilet paper itself.
“We wanted to print a model of a toilet paper and to do that we needed a 3-D printer,” he said.
“This was something that was a lot of fun, it was very challenging, and I’m proud of the outcome.”
Professor Paul Wotterke said the team had been able to print “an ordinary” toilet paper by simply using a laser and a printer.
“If you look at the printed model, you can see the texture of the fabric,” he explained.
“So, what we are doing is printing a model and then printing the actual fabric.”
That’s the key point.
It’s a printed model that you can use as a model, and then we can actually print the actual object.
“The research was carried out using a new, commercially available 3D scanner, the Scanjet X, which was created by 3D Systems.
The scanner’s capabilities were further enhanced by the team’s use of the company’s new 3D scanning software, called the 3D Printed Circuit, which automatically identifies and converts digital images into 3D shapes.
Professor Wotters team tested the paper on a range of materials, from a standard plastic toilet paper to a carbon fiber fabric, and produced the 3-dimensional model in less than three minutes.”
It’s been quite an expensive process to make, so we have taken the 3d printer technology and applied it to make a model that is relatively inexpensive.””
It has been available for some time, but it’s very expensive to make and it’s not very good quality.”
“It’s been quite an expensive process to make, so we have taken the 3d printer technology and applied it to make a model that is relatively inexpensive.”
The paper’s design was also developed to work with existing manufacturing processes, like those used in the printing of paper.
“One of the reasons we decided to go for a paper printing technique is because it has been around for a long time, it’s relatively easy to manufacture, and it is cheap to print,” Professor Chris Wodther, one of the lead researchers of the paper, said.
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