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The future of 3D printing is upon us

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3D priniting robot that can build houses, developed by MIT

3D priniting robot that can build houses, developed by MIT

3D priniting robot that can build houses, developed by MIT

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3D printing is fairly new innovation, but is already adapting to be as efficient as possible. Massachusetts Institution of Technology has been working hard to change and improve the way 3D printing is used in everyday life.

3D printing was invented by Charles Hull in 1983 (CNN), and has constantly improved and changed the world since then. As better software and printers have developed, it has become easier and more practical to use. An example of how it has improved is with astronaut Barry Wilmore, who lacked a ratchet wrench for a crucial repair while working on the International Space Space station, in 2014. His team on Earth was able to develop a wrench with their software, and send him the file. He then printed it, and used it to finish his job. (NASA)

On an even larger scale, there are now 3D printing robots that can build houses in less than a day, another technological feat developed by MIT. The houses are dome shaped, 50 feet in diameter and 12 feet tall. In the event where it is 3D printed, it saves a lot of time, labor, and some raw materials.

MIT has recently developed new ink for 3D printers that will save a lot of time and extra resources. The special ink will change and stay changed after it is exposed to UV light, which “prevents the need for a user to reprint the object with different colors.” The ink, developed by MIT, includes a base dye, a “photo initiator”, and “light adaptable” dyes as well. The latter brings out the color in the base dye, while the photo initiator lets the base dye harden during printing. The inks can “alter their appearance from transparent to colored when exposed to certain light.” (CNN). The developers claim the process can take up to 20 minutes, but will reduce even more in the future. They also believe 3D printing will eventually have a much practical use in society, like printing jewelry and other accessories.

The developers hope their innovation will help consumers have less difficulty purchasing accessories, like smart watches or jewelry. With the ability to reprint and change the color of the object, it will be much easier for a consumer to decide on what they want, since they can change it whenever they wish.

Orcutt Academy has its own 3D printer that can be used by any student. You can simply choose one of the preset designs, or find one on the Internet. After the design is set, all you have to do is wait for it to print, which varies on the size and complexity of the object.

Check out the links below if you are interested on the developments of 3D printing:

https://www.cnn.com/2014/02/13/tech/innovation/the-night-i-invented-3d-printing-chuck-hall/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/29/technology/3d-printing-change-color/index.html

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/3Dratchet_wrench

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