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Streamlined 3D Printing Techniques

Researchers from the EPFL Can 3D Print Objects at Record Pace

— February 14, 2020 — Tech
Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL, in Switzerland were able to 3D print objects in less time than ever before. The new method to 3D print objects relies on using X-rays or ultrasound, and objects are made to solidify within resin in one attempt, where previous 3D printing techniques took multiple attempts. The CTO of Readily3D, Paul Delrot, spoke about the new method, "The laser hardens the liquid through a process of polymerization. Depending on what we're building, we use algorithms to calculate exactly where we need to aim the beams, from what angles, and at what dose."

Overall the new method streamlines the 3D printing process and allows users to access printed objects at a much faster rate. The new 3D printing method could have significant implications for the future of 3D printing.


Image Credit: EPFL
Trend Themes
1. Faster 3D Printing - Using X-rays or ultrasound, objects can now be 3D printed in record time, streamlining the process and saving time for users.
2. Single Attempt 3D Printing - The new method allows objects to solidify within resin in one attempt, eliminating the need for multiple printing attempts and increasing efficiency.
3. Algorithmic Precision Printing - Algorithms are used to calculate the exact positioning and dosage of the laser beams, ensuring precise 3D printing results.
Industry Implications
1. Manufacturing - The faster and more efficient 3D printing technique can revolutionize manufacturing processes, enabling rapid prototyping and production.
2. Healthcare - The streamlined 3D printing technique has implications for the healthcare industry, allowing for quicker production of medical devices and customized implants.
3. Art and Design - Artists and designers can benefit from the single attempt 3D printing method, saving time and increasing creative possibilities for their projects.
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