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While we were just soaking up vitamin D under the sun this summer, MIT researchers did not go on vacation, coming up with a 3D printer working with 10 different materials simultaneously as well as a fused deposition modeling machine processing molten glass, the G3DP. The molten glass, heated above 1000 °C, looks like a honey ribbon when it goes out of the mobile nozzle. The glass filament, 10 millimeters in diameter, slowly flows out thanks to gravity in order to create a piece, step by step. The optical properties of this completely transparent glass and the freedom of shapes this process offers opens tremendous possibilities in terms of artistic, architectural, design and engineering projects.
The first objects created by the MIT's Mediated Matter Group to be discovered here.