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leonAzul
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 6:09:16 PM

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Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass developed by the Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with the Glass Lab at MIT.

Here's a link to a brief video demonstration: Glass 3D Printing (G3DP)

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A selection of Glass pieces will appear in an exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2016.  The full text version of Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass will appear in the September 2015 issue (Vol. 2, Issue 3) of  3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing  (3DP+), under the Editorial leadership of Skylar Tibbits, Director of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab. Details and complete information on 3DP+ can be found  at here. The patent Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass was filed on April 25 of 2014.


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Posted: Monday, November 9, 2015 4:01:47 PM

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Interesting research. What else can it do Leon?

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leonAzul
Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:19:43 PM

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Arquebus wrote:
Interesting research. What else can it do Leon?


I'm not directly involved, so I can only follow events as the results are published.

So far, practical applications are largely decorative and artistic, while more experience with this technology is gained.

Work with polycarbonate (thermoplastic) materials has advanced well beyond playfulness to being useful for bespoke "widgets", and more importantly for rapidly producing testable prototypes for new designs, and the tooling to create the forms and such for mass-production methods. Based on that history, it is only a matter of perseverance and time before glass can be worked with the same precision and flexibility.

As I intended to suggest in other threads, the general term "3D printing" actually applies to a family of computer-assisted technologies involving software-controlled deposition (in the technical sense of depositing layers of a substance to build up a final form) or sintering, two different methods that are related only by their roots in the technologies that had been developed for printing to paper (the retronym would be "2D printing"), and their use of heat to control the viscosity (flow) of the material.

Although it is possible to directly produce things that are valuable with this technology, what is really exciting is the potential to rapidly develop and test the tooling for the mass-production of useful things.

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