MIT Researchers Develop 3D Printer that Can Print with 10 Different Materials Simultaneously
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory say they’ve developed a multi-material 3D printing platform, called MultiFab, that can use up to 10 different materials to print, making it easier to 3D-print more complicated objects. In contrast, most 3D printers can only use one material (plastic) at a time.
The researchers also say their 3D printer features a machine-vision system that provides self-calibration of print heads, 3D scanning, and a closed-feedback loop to enable print corrections. The machine-vision system also enables 3D printing over auxiliary parts.
The MIT 3D printer is said to achieves a resolution of at least 40 micrometers by using piezoelectric inkjet print heads adapted for 3D printing, and the hardware is said to be low cost (less than $7,000), since it’s built exclusively from off-the-shelf components. The researchers also say the MultiFab’s architecture is modular, and that user can quickly add, remove, and exchange print heads.
For more information and a video describing the technology, visit the research group here.