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MIT Develops Multi-Material 3D Printer

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A printer built by researchers at MIT’sComputer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) can print objectsusing up to 10 different materials at once.

The researchers say that the newmulti-material printer, known as ‘MultiFab’, eventually could open up newopportunities for researchers, manufacturers and consumers.

 

“The platform opens up newpossibilities for manufacturing, giving researchers and hobbyists alike thepower to create objects that have previously been difficult or even impossibleto print,” says Javier Ramos, a research engineer at CSAIL.

 

In many cases, multi-material machinesare expensive and it can only use three or fewer materials at a time.

 

MultiFab uses machine vision3D-scanning techniques, which allow it to self-calibrate and self-correct formistakes it makes. It does this by scanning every layer that is printed,detecting mistakes and printing a “correction mask” to compensate.

The MultiFab prototype was built for$7,000 using off-the-shelf prototypes. The printer can print an array ofcomplex objects, such as consumer electronics components, microsensing devices,medical imaging devices and telecommunications components, say the researchers.