The Mataerial is a giant articulating arm that creates 3D objects anywhere without support material (no need for a tray or a flat surface like in most 3D printing processes) and unaffected by gravity thanks to a special blend of plastic that hardens the instant it comes out of the machine. Where your average printer deposits layer after layer, Mataerial creates objects with combined 3D curves so you have more control during the creation. It can even print in color using injected dyes. But, guys, you have to watch it in action to get the beautiful full effect:
Incredible, right? Although we want it to just print a museum’s worth of gorgeous art, Mataerial might have some more serious jobs lined up for its future. The creators have mentioned that they’re hopeful their machine could print in zero gravity — sooo, Mataerial could be the first to print on the moon.
Down here on Earth, we might see a 3D printing process like Mataerial’s most useful in creating architectural structures or furniture. We could see this being the 3D Pimp ‘n’ Print My Ride of the future, adding attachments and custom parts directly to cars and bikes. If it could make its special blend edible, Mataerial could even be a sugar sculptor’s favorite tool.
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