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MIT Discovered How to 3D Print With Glass Over Plastics

3D CAD ServicesThe 3D printing phenomenon is taking the world by storm and is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to new innovation and creations. We are able to 3D print shoes, prosthetic limbs, dental implants and other medical devices. It’s amazing what happens with each new innovation. There are even individuals 3D printing homes!

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Just last month, researchers from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) released a new method for 3D printing that involves printing glass instead of the typically printed plastic. They’re calling it G3DP. This transparent glass works just as the conventional plastic printing does.

While it seems similar, there was a breakthrough during the overall printing process. The researchers were able to modulate the light transmission, reflection and refraction qualities by precisely varying the thickness of the print, according to engadget.com.

Also according to engadget.com, “The system uses a pair of heated chambers stacked atop one another; the 1900-degree F upper chamber acting as a Kiln Cartridge and the lower chamber serving to anneal the constructed structures. Researchers at MIT Media Lab collaborated with the school’s Mechanical Engineering Department, the MIT Glass Lab and Wyss Institute to create the G3DP. The team believes that method could eventually lead to better quality and less expensive fiber optics.”

How Does 3D Printing Glass Work?

The glass is heated to 1900 degrees Fahrenheit. This is to help shape the objects that will be made. Then, the honey-like melted substance is poured into an premade mold or pattern. As it prints, the glass cools and then becomes transparent, even though it has color when it’s melted. Once cooled, it’s just like any glass that can be used with glass blowing techniques.

Are you excited to hear about this awesome new way of printing? We are interested to see where things continue to go for 3D printing. As it seems, the sky is the limit! What are some of your favorite 3D printed objects that we’ve been previously reporting on? Do you plan to purchase 3D printed things in the future?

The printer used is much like the one used to 3D print a house. We reported on that home just a few weeks ago. The only difference in the two processes is the materials used. The glass also prints layer by layer, just as most printers do.

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