A few months ago, the world’s first 3D printing pen named as 3Doodler was invented and now, a team of researchers has come up with the first anti-gravity 3D Printer as called Mataerial. Several huge companies have already accepted 3D printer to replace their traditional manufacturing methods. The Mataerial 3D printer creates instant gravity-defying hanging structures of almost any size and shape directly onto walls without any material support. The patent status of the process, “anti-gravity object modeling” is still in pending.
Basically, the mataerial is a robot arm with a unique extruder. It is created by researchers: Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić from the IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia). It uses innovative extrusion technology that reduces the effect of gravity while creating 3D objects on any given working surface (irregular, or non-horizontal). The arm can be moved in each and every direction for making more natural curves.
This anti-gravity 3D printer can create natural objects by producing 3D curves rather than 2D folds providing more control over the fabrication process. Thermosetting polymers are used in this anti-gravity 3D printer in place of thermoplastics. As a result of chemical reaction, these polymers solidify as soon as they leave the nozzle, creating plastic rods in form of the hanging curves.
You can design a number of shapes in CAD software and after that, transform them into the device for creating a movement path for the robotic arm. You just have to change the robot arm’s movement speed to adjust the thickness of the printed curve. The thickness can be reduced up to one millimeter or less.
You can even change the color of the material as many times as you want, without stopping the printing process by inserting color dye into the nozzle in CMYK mode. The process is not as speedy as you see in the video. In fact, the footage is running 3 times faster than the actual speed.
Mataerial can create one meter of printing in about 3 minutes. It can be used in various fields like furniture, desktop, space 3d printing, architecture manufacturing etc.