The Mataerial printer uses a robotic arm and quick-solidifying material to form rigid, free-flowing structures on almost any surface
So far, the Mataerial's creators have only made some wavy designs using the device, but they hope to eventually manufacture some usable architecture or furniture with it in the future
The Mataerial uses thermosetting polymers in place of the usual heated plastics, causing the structures to turn stiff almost immediately after the material leaves the nozzle
Aside from the ability to build onto vertical surfaces, the robotic arm can also move in any direction during the construction process to create more natural curves
Earlier this year, we covered the 3Doodler, a pen that lets users sketch 3D objects with plastic filament, almost like a 3D printer. It's a fun little gadget, but what if someone made a device that offers similar freedom, except it built objects over 10 times larger? It might look something like the Mataerial 3D printer, which uses a robotic arm and quick-solidifying material to form rigid, free-flowing structures on almost any surface, even vertical ones.
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