(Nanowerk News) Due to its excellent material properties of elasticity, resilience, and electrical and thermal insulation, elastomers have been used in a myriad of applications. They are especially ideal for fabricating soft robots, flexible electronics and smart biomedical devices which require soft and deformable material properties to establish safe and smooth interactions with humans externally and internally.
"As 3D printing has exploded into the mainstream, making an impact on nearly every industry worldwide, the technology has continued to evolve at an accelerated pace. Along with that, the study of materials and how they can improve 3D printing has been widely researched. Sometimes though, that works in the reverse, as 3D printing is used to improve the creation of the materials themselves—as in the case of elastomers."