3D Printing in Chemical Sciences

| May 7, 2019

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3D printing has rapidly established itself as an essential tool within research and industrial chemistry laboratories. Since the early 2000s, when the first research papers applying this technique began to emerge, the uptake by the chemistry community has been both diverse and extraordinary. This book will provide a timely overview of the capabilities of 3D printing and review the applications in various fields. It will be of interest across the chemical sciences in research and industrial settings for chemists and engineers.

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