New additive manufacturing platform prints transparent glass structures

The 3D printing platform aims to introduce industrial-scale production capabilities for molten glass.

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, MA, US) have introduced a new system for 3D printing transparent glass structures. The G3DP2 system combines an upper, stationary thermal module with a digitally integrated three-zone heating control system regulating glass flow and a lower, motion module with a four-axis computer numerical control (CNC) system that moves the print bed.

The new platform aims to introduce industrial-scale production capabilities with improved production rate and reliability while ensuring product accuracy and repeatability.