3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) is a contemporary subject of applied physics, but also of engineering, applied biophysics, and mechanical engineering. The rapid development of this technology is driving many innovations in multidisciplinary fields and goals, from the design of metastructures with negative Poisson ratio, to fabricating cardiovascular stents adapted to the patient. This joint Special Topic of the Journal of Applied Physics and Physics of Fluids aims to point out current challenges and opportunities for developing computer-aided design of devices, and also to provide guidelines for the different disciplines (mechanics, polymer, complex fluids knowledge, rheology, manufacturing, etc.) that relate to 3D printing. Papers relating to applications of 3D printing should be submitted to JAP, while papers related to the mechanics and properties of 3D printing should be submitted to POF.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Physical challenges in 3D printing: …, studying flow and transport in porous structures, analyzing porous material performance with inherent multiscale physics, mechanical metamaterials, 4D printing, etc.
- Computational challenges in 3D printing: AI and digital control, optimization of processes by machine learning, etc.
- Applications of 3D printing: rock physics, aerospace, medical field, automobile manufacturing, mechanical engineering, computational biomechanics, etc.
- Teaching and learning with 3D printing: innovative ideas for tactile ways to learn concepts in engineering, materials science, geology and physics.
Maryam Sepehr, Chevron Oronite
Chaimongkol Saengow, Queens University
Christian Brosseau, JAP Deputy Editor