Anti-gravity 3D printer by Mataerial Can Print in Any Surface
With the number of 3D printing hobbyists keeping on the increase, it’s not hard to see why there are quite a few 3D printing devices coming up lately. Some are pretty unique and some others are pretty huge in size. Mataerial’s 3D printer, however, fits both categories. It’s so unique that it’s capable of printing objects in any surface regardless its orientation and it’s so big that you might be able to print the exact figure of yours.
Widely known as Anti-gravity 3D printer, it works almost similarly like3D printing pen, only a lot larger. Think of it as 3Doodler that has been magnified and moved by a creepy robotic arm. Since it’s designed to print objects “in the air”, there is a great need that the molded plastic solidifies as soon as it comes out of the nozzle; otherwise, the gravity will pull it downward which, in that case, will only result in a hot mess, instead of work of art. That’s why rather than using typical plastic filament like ABS, this machine makes use of thermosetting polymers. Check it out on the video below!
As you can see, the nozzle doesn’t print the objects micron by micron like in any desktop 3D printers. Instead, it extrudes a quite thick pulp of molded polymers that harden as it’s exposed to the air. Obviously, precision is not the field where it can stand out but for printing large decorative objects and usable architectures, this will totally shine over the competition. Anyway, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that this Anti-gravity 3D printer will step into mass production. Probably it’s too costly to be a commercial product.