SCIENCE: Squid teeth are basis for 3D-printing plastic.

27. September 2018 | Material | via Futurity

The thermoplastic the researchers created is semi-crystalline and can be rigid or soft. It has a very high tensile strength and is a wet adhesive; it will stick to things even if they are wet.

This particular thermoplastic can be fabricated either as a thermoplastic, heated and extruded or molded, or the plastic can be dissolved in a simple solvent like acetic acid and used in film casting. The material can also be used in 3D printing machines as the source material to create complicated geometric structures.

Thermal processing and filamentous extrusion of native squid ring teeth proteins. (Nature Communications)