Following on from the 3D-printed replica organs project we featured in September, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has now announced its latest success – 3D Glass Printing.
The newly unveiled G3DP (Glass 3D Printing) process has been developed as a collaborative project led by the Mediated Matter group at MIT.
Although the process has been designed with more practical applications in mind, this series of intricately-detailed experimental glass works would not look out of place in an art gallery. In fact, the collection is already earmarked for display at the Smithsonian Design Museum next year.
As with all 3D-printing processes, the G3DP is a relatively slow process, so it won’t be replacing conventional forms of glass manufacture any time soon.
However, as with any new manufacturing process, time and experimentation will determine the full potential of the G3DP process.
“As designers learn to utilize this new freedom in glass manufacturing it is expected that a whole range of novel applications will be discovered.” Mediated Matters Group
One of the key strengths of 3D-printing is the ability to print on demand to a custom design. Aside from the creative opportunities this presents, the G3DP process could also be applied in the production of bespoke medical or scientific glassware.
The light transmission qualities are clearly evident in the illuminated vases and bowls produced by the MIT team. For now, the G3DP process requires further refinement and that is what the research team remain focussed on at this stage.
About the G3DP team
The G3DP project was created in collaboration between the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department, the MIT Glass Lab and Wyss Institute. Researchers include John Klein, Michael Stern, Markus Kayser, Chikara Inamura, Giorgia Franchin, Shreya Dave, James Weaver, Peter Houk and Prof. Neri Oxman.
- Find full details of the G3DP project page on the Mediated Matter website >
- Watch the G3DP 3D Glass Printer in action >
Image credits: MIT/Mediated Matter Group, Chikara Inamura, Steven Keating, Andy Ryan
G3DP 3D Glass Printing features in Rhine Capital Partners monthly investment reporting for November.
- On 23rd November 2015