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The Nuremberg-based researchers have developed a printing head that allows plastic membranes of different widths to be printed in the same step. How? Instead of using a round nozzle, the team uses oval and rectangular nozzles, which are also rotary. According to the university, this saves the time-consuming process of changing nozzles, and the subsequent recalibration required. This solution is so cheap that it is also recommended for small and medium-sized businesses.

Additive manufacturing procedures are catching on industrially. According to a report from Smartech Analysis , the market exceeded 10 billion US dollars (approx. 8.8 billion euros) for the first time in 2019. Although industrial growth has slowed down in the meantime, long-term perspectives for the technology remain positive.