#video | 3D printer for quick and seamless print with light

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#video | 3D printer for quick and seamless print with light

Today, there are a lot of different 3D printers, but its developers still are unable to solve their main drawback. The fact that most of them apply the material layer by layer, causing the printed object are ugly seams. It seems that a group of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley found the solution — she offered to print the entire object at once, a method similar to the work of a computer tomograph MRI.

A Printer that prints in such an unusual way, called "Replicator". It is named after a fantastic device from Star Trek, printing items, food, and anything from nothing. At the beginning of the printing process he is studying computer 3D-model and generates many two-dimensional photos from all sides. The researchers then normal projector and projecting the light image on the surface of the rotating bulb with a special resin.

This resin is called acrylic, and consists of liquid polymers, dissolved oxygen and light-sensitive molecules. Emitted by the projector activates light-sensitive molecules, which subsequently Deplete the oxygen in certain areas of the resin. In the liquid polymer formed molecular bonds and it turns into a solid. The remaining liquid resin is drained and can be used for printing objects.

Currently, the Replicator is able to print only the small figures the size printed on the video of the figure of "the Thinker" is only 1 cm But the technology prints the entire object at once, so the surface does not form seams. The technology even allows you to print on top of other solid objects — for example, you can print the handle for screwdrivers.

According to senior study author Hayden Taylor, their technology is useful for printing of medical prosthetics and even clothing items. And print what items this printer would you use? Write your answers in the comments or in !

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