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Sculpteo Marks the First of April With a Stunning New Invisible 3D Printing Material

by • March 31, 2016 • No Comments

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The Eiffel Tower is invisible!

These days, it looks like there’s approximately nothing you can’t 3D print with. There’s electrically conductive filament, magnetic filament, filament that glows, shimmers, or smells really great. There’s a whole world of fancy filaments and magical metals, but Sculpteo has only revealed a new type of material that may overshadow them all. No one saw this material coming, and it’s many likely that no one can – literally, as in, you won’t see the 3D printed object thrown at your head, for the reason it’s invisible. That’s right, Sculpteo’s team of magicians has done the seemingly not easy and made an invisible printing material – plus a brand new method of 3D printing.

“With the additive making technique SLS, your object can be made of thin layers that are approximately invisible to the naked eye unlike FDM,” Sculpteo explains. “Through the complex work of our engineers during those long winter months in a room where the temperature rarely exceeded 50°F, we finally discovered a way to have the ideal object. We accomplished that the powder utilized in the SLS system generates a thickness that may be reduced to a few extent. The limiting factor of this system is the dimensions of the powder particle. So we removed the powder and we have made air laser sintering (ALS)!”

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Invisible dragons are the many dangerous dragons.

The system is much like to SLS, that uses a laser to sinter together layers of powder material. After every round of sintering, the print bed is lowered and another layer of powder is swept across the top. It is the same with ALS, except that layers of air are swept over every other as the print bed is lowered. Sculpteo is being a bit cryptic as to how, precisely, these layers of air are sintered together, but they’ve hinted that it has a fewthing to do with UFOs.

So…why may you want to print anything with invisible filament? Why mayn’t you, I ask. Just ponder of the pranking possibilities for this material, oh-so-conveniently introduced on April Fools’ Day. There are the unseen objects you can throw at individuals, as mentioned above, and as an introduced convenience, Sculpteo points out, the negligible amount of raw material involved in an invisible print makes it amazingly inexpensive. Invisible 3D printed projectiles? Cheap. Messing with individuals’s heads? Priceless.

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I’m uncertain as to what this is.

At this point, it does not look as yet the invisible material can transfer its powers of invisibility, so, sadly, invisibility cloaks yet aren’t a thing. That we understand of. But the material’s perks by far overshadow its limitations, in my opinion. According to Sculpteo, it prints in seconds, it’s food safe, and incredibly flexible and durable. Caution is advised when attempting to glue multiple parts together, as it’s obviously a bit of a challenge to assemble things you can’t see; rumor has it that actually Sculpteo’s finest engineers ended up gluing their fingers together during research and development.

“Parts printed in invisible being created of one of the four elements that is air, are resistant to water, fire and earth relatively speaking,” the Sculpteo team states. “The invisible material can not resist a single concept: imagination. Give an invisible object to a fewone who lacks imagination and your item can be reduced to nothingness. Because of their invisibility, please mark their presence by a label when you set them on a table to easily find them.”

Have a pleased April Fools’ Day, dear readers, and watch out for any invisible banana peels a fewone may have left lying around. Discuss in the Invisible 3D Printing Material forum over at 3DPB.com.

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