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New Levitating 3D Printing Technology Prints In Mid-Air

by • February 24, 2016 • No Comments

Just imagine printing a thing with multiple print heads while the object in question was floating in space. Please. Just imagine it for the reason I have no thought what is going on here.

A new “levitating” 3D printing innovation pioneered by Boeing uses a central nugget of magnetic material. The nugget floats above another magnet (or via acoustic waves) and can be twisted and turned as necessary, enabling access to the object of all sides. Multiple 3D printing heads can and so deposit material onto the object at once, creating a far faster solution.

Weird, right?

From the 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 process, and that removes limitations on the types of showcases that can be created, enabling full body 3D printing of complicated parts.”

I suspect that Boeing is hiding precisely how the deposition takes place for the reason the current visualization – little balls that turn into smooth surfaces – makes no sense. All that is clear is that they’re via an additive process “in space” that appears to suggest that the print heads have to be nearer to the object than they are in the video.

That said I suspect this is truly a case of “Wow If True.” Patents rarely reflect the actual process in practice, especially when it comes to complicated processs like this one, but to have multiple heads printing one object at the same time means far faster print speeds, advantageous more detail, and larger print sizes. This is a few serious sci-fi stuff.

via 3D Printing Industry

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