Technology A new volumetric 3D-printing technique using light

19:10  14 february  2020
19:10  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a new method to create small soft objects using a laser and a liquid photo-sensitive polymer. Christened "volumetric 3D-printing", the technique, which is particularly rapid, has potential applications in a wide range of fields, including bioprinting.

a close up of a measure: An example 3D object printed with light.© Courtesy of EPFL / Alain Herzog An example 3D object printed with light.

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The team has also published a study entitled "High-resolution tomographic volumetric additive manufacturing" in Nature Communication vaunting the merits of the new technique, which is ten times faster than standard layer-by-layer 3D-printing.

The new technology could have applications in a range of fields, notably in medicine and biology. Being able to produce an object in a single piece allows for the printing of different textures, like tissues and bodily organs, and also hearing implants and dental guards.

As it stands, the researchers claim to be able to produce structures of up to 2 centimeters, with a precision of 80 micrometers, but with time they plan on scaling up to 15 centimeters.

The new patent-pending technology has now been entrusted to a dedicated start-up, Readily3D.

- Demonstration of volumetric 3D printing: youtu.be/ONBHkzimRbg

This new 3D printing breakthrough will blow your mind .
Researchers may have just figured out completely transform fields like medicine and biology, thanks to an innovative new 3D-printing technique that could be used to produce objects ranging from tissue to organs, mouthguards, and hearing aids -- all in a matter of seconds. It's the result of a new technique developed by researchers at the Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices within Switzerland's Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. The technique starts with a translucent liquid, and slowly the object begins to take shape in a small, spinning container.

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