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3D Printing in Glass: MIT Team Reveals New Platform

Author: Stefan Stalgren Sep 2, 2015 Posted in: Blog > News

3D Glass PrintingBuilding on a history of glassmaking that dates back to the Roman empire, an MIT team is using 3D printing technology in a process reminiscent of one ancient technique that coiled strands of molten glass.

MIT’s Mediated Matter group has unveiled G3DP, a first of its kind optically transparent glass printing process. “G3DP is an additive manufacturing platform designed to print optically transparent glass,” the group reports on their blog. The development “carries significant implications for all things glass. … The project synthesizes modern technologies, with age-old established glass tools and technologies producing novel glass structures with numerous potential applications.”  Leaders of the development team are Neri Oxman and Peter Houk.

Commenting on the team’s announcement, 3dprintingindustry.com writes:  “With this technology, the group will begin to test various architectural systems relying on 3D printed glass parts, which will allow the MIT group to design geometrically complex components, including structures with internal channels for distributing air, water, and biological matter in unique ways.”