Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have unveiled a new system of 3D printing using optically transparent glass, instead of plastic. As researchers described, the process of printing is known as Glass 3D Printing (G3DP) and it works basically the same way as the conventional 3D printing. It can control light transmission, reflection and refraction and even modulate transparency, color variation and thickness of the print.
This system of 3D printing with glass is based on a dual heated chamber concept (placed above one another). The upper chamber, which acts as a Kiln Cartridge contains sufficient materials to construct architectural components and it operates at approximately 1900 degree Fahrenheit, whereas the lower chamber serves to solidify the constructed structures.
G3DP is an additive manufacturing platform designed to print optically transparent glass. The breakthrough project was done in collaboration with Mediated Media Group, MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT’s Glass Lab.
Hat Tip: Mediated Matter (MIT)