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Through a project called G3DP, the team–which includes John Klein, Michael Stern, Markus Kayser, Chikara Inamura, Giorgia Franchin, Shreya Dave, James Weaver, Peter Houk and Prof. Neri Oxman–has utilized the cutting edge technologies of today along with the traditional age-old glass making tools of yesterday to create incredibly intricate 3D printed glass structures.

The way the machine works is actually quite simple. The top of the printer is basically a small kiln, which the user is able to place glass into. The kiln fires up and reaching a temperature of approximately 1900°F is easily able to melt the glass placed within. The lower section of the printer is made up of an alumina-zircon-silica nozzle, which has a similar function to that of a typical hotend on a desktop FDM 3D printer. Molten glass is then funneled down from the kiln and through the nozzle as it’s extruded onto a build platform to slowly cool and harden. When they want the glass flow and printing to stop, all they have to do is lower the temperature of the nozzle by using compressed air...

G3DP Project: Mediated Matter & MIT Glass Lab Develop Advanced Glass 3D Printer - 3DPrint.com

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