Optically transparent glass printing. A brand new glass 3D printing process called G3DP has been developed through the teamwork of the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department, the MIT Glass Lab and the Wyss Institute. From the project site:
Glas, Bert Haanstra‘s Oscar winning documentary short film, tour a state-of-the-art glass factory, and more 3D printing, including 3D printing dinosaurs.
The platform is based on a dual heated chamber concept. The upper chamber acts as a Kiln Cartridge while the lower chamber serves to anneal the structures. The Kiln Cartridge operates at approximately 1900°F and can contain sufficient material to build a single architectural component. The molten material gets funneled through an alumina-zircon-silica nozzle. The project synthesizes modern technologies, with age-old established glass tools and technologies producing novel glass structures with numerous potential applications.