MIT researchers develop 3D printer that produces intricate glass structures

The machine uses molten glass as its “ink,” contained in a “kiln cartridge” that heats up at 1,900 degrees until it is molten and pliable.

August 28, 2015 |
MIT Develops 3-D Printer that Prints Glass

The machine in action, up close. Photo screenshot from Mediated Matter via Fast Company Design

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a 3D printer that produces intricate glass designs with the push of a button.

The machine uses molten glass as its “ink,” contained in a “kiln cartridge” that heats up at 1,900 degrees until it is molten and pliable, Fast Company reports. “In a lower chamber, the glass is softened through a heat treatment process called annealing and funneled through an alumina-zircon-silica nozzle,” the article says.

Mediated Matter is the MIT research group responsible for the invention, which has been used to create glass vases and prisms.

Here are some screenshots of the device. You can learn more and watch the video at Fast Company.

 

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