Rapid Liquid Printing – speed, size and quality

Rapid Liquid printing steelcase MIT

Rapid Liquid Printing gel tankThe smart researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the curious product designers at Steelcase, a furniture manufacturer, put their heads together for a new manufacturing method.Rapid Liquid Printing object
While 3D printing is the latest and greatest in the printing world, the process limits the manufacturer in the product scale, the quality of the materials and the time in which something can be produced.Rapid Liquid Printing material
This is now history – or at least soon – according to the MIT Self-Assembly Lab and Steelcase guys. They developed a 3D printing method that could revolutionize the manufacturing of large-scale objects such as pieces of customized furniture. Rapid liquid printing coffee tableOr bigger things, even architectural applications, according to Skylar Tibbits, the Self-Assembly Lab director. In the meantime, Steelcase has experimented with the technique to produce office furniture.Rapid Liquid Printing material
The 3D printing process uses a tank with a gel that reminds of ‘hair gel or hand-sanitizer’ from a distance, a nozzle and two material properties that are mixed together. These react chemically with each other when being extruded from the nozzle into the gel container. Rapid Liquid printing nozzleThe nozzle is a computer-controlled robotic aperture that shoots the manufacturing-grade material such as rubber, foam, polyurethanes, or plastic, or any industrial liquid material into the gel and physically designs the desired object. The material solidifies in a blink of the eye.Rapid liquid printing material
This method is faster than conventional 3D printing and certainly a new way to manufacture things. Let’s see if this develops into a full-blown trend.

These Beautiful Pieces Of Furniture Are Printed Using Gel

MIT is printing beautiful furniture in giant vats of gel

Posted by NowThis Future on Thursday, 5 October 2017

Source: photos are courtesy of Steelcase, Dezeen.

 

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