So just about everyone knows that you can 3d print items made of plastic, different metals and even food but what hasn't been easily achievable is 3D printing objects made of completely optically transparent glass. That is up until now.
Earlier this week MIT released the first glimpse of their 3D printer capable of printing glass, which uses a process they're calling G3DP. This process involves using two separate chambers, the first acts like a kiln heating up to 1900 degrees Fahrenheit while the second is used to melt structures together, the near liquid glass is then distributed through an alumina-zircon-silica nozzle.
Neri Oxman, one of the head researchers of the project is hopeful this could have major effects on the development of data transmission via advanced fibre optics, "Now we can consider printable optoelectronics or the possibility of combining optical fibers for high-speed data transmission by light, combined within glass printed building facades."
While this is a major breakthrough in 3D printing the process is still a relatively slow one in comparison to current glass production methods when it comes to the packaging of beverage industries but it is thought that the process could be used to create far more specific and complex structures.
At this moment in time there have been no announcements for the commercial use of this technology but team who have been working on it have announced plans to feature some glass objects that have been created in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York in 2016.
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