The idea of a 3D printer that works like a Terminator robot is quite possibly the most exciting thing we have read all week.
The details come from the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference held in Vancouver. The company behind the new technology is called Carbon3D, so what is it all about?
Basically, they claim to have up with a 3D printing process that harnesses light and oxygen to make all sorts of things. The firm behind the system call the process “game-changing”. Apparently the technique behind it was inspired by the way in which the T-1000 robot in Terminator 2 is able to rise up out of a pool of liquid metal.
A dramatic display of the printer’s abilities at the TED event involved it turning a pool of resin into a fully formed plastic ball in the space of 10 minutes. Professor Joseph DeSimone is the chief executive of Carbon3D and he said it would normally take 10 hours to print an object like this.
Up to 100 Times Faster
He went on to say that the current 3D printing techniques have flaws in them and really just work by printing on a 2D basis over and over again. Their new technology is called Continuous Liquid Interface and DeSimone said that it will part to be produced at a rate of up to 100 times faster than with other 3D printers.
He said that it also has the potential to work up to 1,000 times quicker than the existing technology. The final parts are also said to be more solid than those produced using other 3D printing devices.
Are you excited by advances in 3D printing?