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Chloroplast-fortified 3D-printer ink may strengthen products like custom sneaker soles

A tree grows strong from years of generating its own food. Imagine if products could be strengthened with the same living materials that provide nutrients to trees. This is the work of University of Southern California civil and environmental engineer Qiming Wang, whose research is among the first to infuse 3-D printer ink with living material. The material has potential for greater strength, flexibility, and self-healing.


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