Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More 3D Printing - Concrete Ink with Wood Fibers




Now I think we are starting to get somewhere!

As advanced nano-techonologies improve the "ink" inside 3D printers and the 3D printers themselves become more sophisticated practical built industry oriented applications will emerge.  The article linked and excerpted below tells the story.

Emerging Objects has developed a wealth of new materials, such as paper (made from recycled newsprint) as well as a printable salt material. The company has also developed a cement polymer that can be reinforced with fiber, which means the objects can be stronger than standard concrete. Some other materials used for printing are nylon — so you can 3D-print your dog some new bones, presumably — acrylic, and wood (which is made from hard and soft recycled wood) which can also be fiber-reinforced in order to provide it with extra strength. Of course, along with the increased durability and different sources of ink made from recycled objects, the new printing materials also create new textures and surfaces.The concrete ink feels like concrete, and the wood ink not only feels similar to wood, but looks similar as well.


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