Every day there seems to be a new “top” story in the world of 3D printing, and the last hump day of May is no exception. Today, the big news is the Mataerial project, a new 3D printer that uses anti-gravity object modeling (AOM) to create projects.
So what does that mean? That the Mataerial 3D printer forgoes the traditional layer by layer printing method of current 3D printers on the market and uses a robotic arm to print strands of thermoset polymers in any direction, including directly onto a wall. And to top it off, the printer can print in multiple colors mid-print by adding colored dye into the strands.
If that still means nothing to you, check out the demo video below.
From the Mataerial site, “Our goal with Mataerial project was to develop a method that could overcome these limitations… we arrive at a solution that uses thermosetting polymers. The magic behind what you see in the demo video is a chemical reaction that solidifies mixing polymers exactly by the time they are extruded. This allows us to print on horizontal, vertical, smooth or irregular surfaces, without the need for additional support structures.”
We’ll follow up on this story as more news comes out, but so far, no word on pricing or availability.