MIT’s Mediated Matter Group Unveils Transparent Glass 3D Printer

3d printed glass

The innovations just keep on coming in the 3D printing world.  Today we have 3D printed glass – tomorrow, what next?

 

Personally, I can see great potential for this in the arts and crafts world.  Larger objects as opposed to jewellery, although it’s dependent on the nozzle size to a certain extent.  3D printed and laser engraved jewellery is of course traditionally quite small in size and there’s no mention of the 3D printer nozzle size.  So in time if the nozzle is too large (and it does look quite large currently), perhaps the boffins can work to extrude through a typical sized nozzle that we’re used to with the plastic extruder type machines.

This is a cool shot of the nozzle extruding glass.  Can you spot the picture of the alien frozen in the bottom of the image? 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowing a number of glass workers, I understand how tricky glass is to work with.  In particular, Cathy Carr works with knitted glass, and had great trouble getting a consistent annealing in a kiln.  A difference of a few degrees, or an extra few minutes (even seconds sometimes) in the kiln over a firing can make all the difference.

 

It’s fantastic that theoretically we’re seeing the whole art and science of glass working moving on a huge leap.  This, potentially makes the whole process even more rigorously controlled and less prone to human and machine error.

Although there will obviously still be a massive demand for hand worked glass that we currently have, as not everyone will have access to their own 3D glass printer.

 

Source: MIT’s Mediated Matter Group Unveils Transparent Glass 3D Printer – SolidSmack

Taiwan’s ITRI Unveils the Most Inexpensive Metal 3D Printer

3D printed gold metal

Does $325,000 sound cheap to you?  Maybe not, but in the world of 3D printing metals, that is cheap.  Today.  It may well not be tomorrow in the ultra competitive 3D printing market.

Do you geek out on 3D printing technical terms?  How about these:

  • Binder Jetting (BJ)
  • Material Jetting (MJ)
  • Powder Bed Fusion (PBF)
  • Vat Photo-polymerization (VA)
  • Directed Energy Deposition (DED)

That last one does it for me!

powder jewellery

It’s quite strange to see such a high tech piece of machinery hiding away what it’s done, only for it to be revealed by someone with a low tech paint brush.  For $325,000 I would want a gold plated paint brush 🙂

Source: Taiwan’s ITRI Unveils the Most Inexpensive Metal 3D Printer – 3D Printing Industry

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Digital Forming 3D printed cufflinks

Here are some 3D printed works produced on the FormLabs Form1.  We’re happy to quote if you can email us your .stl file.  If it’s particularly large (>10MB)  it may be better to share it through Dropbox, or your favourite cloud sharing facility.

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