High profile companies such as Hewlett Packard are among those investing in building the systems that will enable 3D print to grow. Here are some of the systems currently available.
REAL 3D printing – Carbon3D – “Up to 100 times faster”
Inspired by the Terminator 2 sequence in which Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character takes the form of a robot, ceo Joseph DeSimone said at an MIT presentation on Carbon3D’s innovation: “Why can’t a 3D printer operate in this fashion where you have an object arise out of a puddle in essentially real time, with essentially no waste and made a great object.
Carbon3D’s system harnesses light and oxygen to grow a part continuously, according to DeSimone. It “controls the spatial light and oxygen” around the part being created.
“We see this as owning the intersection between hardware, software and molecular science.”
Joseph De Simone, Carbon3D’s ceo
“The opportunity of making a part in real time that has the properties to be a [usable] part opens up the possibility of 3D manufacturing.
“We see this as owning the intersection between hardware, software and molecular science,” added DeSimone.
“We’re thrilled. The parts we’ve tested are strong in all directions, just like injection moulded parts. That’s the target we’ve been chasing after for decades.”
Ellen Lee, Ford