Already known adopting 3D printing in different types of respects, aircraft createer Boeing is driving 3D printing advancement additional by patenting a new 3D printing innovation that in fact prints objects while they are floating in midair. That’s right; this newly patented technique is intended to 3D print objects while that particular object is simultaneously levitating …


This innovation is like one I’ve never personally seen preceding, utilizing multiple 3D printing devices at once to extrude material with diamagnetic properties. Instead of via a create plate, Boeing’s innovation produces magnetic fields that hold the initially bit of 3D printed material (called the ‘nugget’ by Boeing) in place, that is and so created upon by the multiple 3D printing devices involved in the system.

Boeing explained the require for this type of system inside their not long ago published patent: “There is a require for an AM method and apparatus that eliminates the require for a platform and/or assist materials to stabilize the part during the fabrication system, and that removes limitations on the types of showcases that can be created, enabling full body 3D printing of harsh parts.”

The 'nugget' is able-bodied to be rotated, while material can be introduced to bottom of the object surface.

The ‘nugget’ is able-bodied to be rotated, while material can be introduced to bottom of the object surface.

Now, you may be wondering what the actual benefits of a levitating 3D printing systemes may be in space, additionalover sounding really awe-inspiring. As a matter of fact, there are really a few… Since the ‘nugget’ is held up by magnetic fields, the printing devices can deposit materials on either side of the base, unlike conventional 3D printing devices that use bottom-up printing. These magnetic fields in addition allow the 3D printed ‘nugget’ to be rotated in any way, that allows for for much additional harsh shapes and showcases inside the 3D printed object. One other distinct advantage of Boeing’s new 3D printing innovation is that, since it uses multiple 3D printing devices at once, the print speed is in addition excellently increased.

The patent, that was officially published early this month, is entitled “Free-Form Spatial 3-D Printing Applying Part Levitation” and can be saw in its entirety here. Boeing plans to additional create and use their new 3D printing system to 3D print aircraft parts. Patent Yogi has put together a excellent visual representation of how Boeing’s patented 3D printing innovation works, that can be saw above. It’ll be informative to see in that ways this innovation can improve the function of conventional 3D printing innovation. Much like their high-flying aircraft, Boeing is building an amazing hustle towards literally bringing 3D printing innovation off of the ground (or off of the create plate, if you can).

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  • 3DZPrinting

    I may like to see the prototype…if they have one. Sounds additional like they only idea of it and filed a patent. Kinda fishy to me for the reason you require to get the material to in fact layer like they intend with the material being magnetically pulled is additional of a thing that may never work unless, since we are talking science fiction, nano-bots with specific instructions in the material and moving them extruded material to where it requires to be and dry on the part.