Next generation of 3D printers uses anti-grav

It wasn’t so long ago that 3D printers seemed like they could only exist in sci-fi worlds and if you’d heard the guys on star trek talk about the replicator’s anti-grav you’d probably think there was a scripting error – I mean you can get too far fetched, can’t you?

That’s not what Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić thought. They have led a team to develop ‘Mataerial’ – it’s essentially a mechanical arm that emits a thermosetting polymer using a a new form of extrusion. 2 components of the polymer react as it is extruded and then solidify to form the print out.
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The shape can be designed in CAD and then printed in full colour on uneven or non-horizontal surfaces.

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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