The Next Generation of 3D Printing

February 27, 2017

Any fan of the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation can appreciate the quote, “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” This request, from Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is made to the Replicator, a machine capable of creating objects. Up until now, this had been the stuff of speculative fiction, but what if instantaneous printing was not as far off as it may have once seemed?

You may have recently seen the MIT Technology Review article This Super-Fast 3-D Printer is Powered by Holograms. This is one application of the Software Defined Light (SDL) technology developed by DAQRI®.

In this video, DAQRI Founder and CEO Brian Mullins, steps you through the process of the next generation of 3D printing with SDL.

Full video transcription below

Hi, Brian Mullins here, and we’re going to show you how we’re using Software Defined Light in 3D printing.

Now, you may have heard of SDL by now, but this demonstration is going to show you just how powerful and how flexible the technology can be.

So, come on in close and we’re going to do something pretty amazing with 3D printing and Software Defined Light.

What you see, in this frame, is one of our modulators and one laser. The laser is going to hit the modulator and it’s going to change the speed of light, for individual bundles of the light, and it’s going to create a three-dimensional point cloud of an object inside the monomer. It’s going to happen all at once.

Before we begin, we’re going to go ahead and show you that there’s nothing in the monomer at all. She’ll scoop through it. You’ll see no objects — nothing is hidden inside. Watch closely. Because what’s going to happen is, you’re going to witness instant 3D print with Software Defined Light.

I’m going to turn the laser on and you’ll see the entire point cloud of light is exposed simultaneously. In that short amount of time, we’ve 3D printed the object with a full three-dimensional cross section.

Watch this time. She’ll scoop it out and inside you’ll see the fully formed shape of the object. Here, all I have to do is rinse it off with some alcohol and the entire object, with a three-dimensional cross section, has formed.

As soon as it dries, you’ll see a shape that has uniform material properties, fully functional in all three axis, using Software Defined Light. That’s the curves. That’s uniform material properties. That’s 3D printing instantly with no support materials. All based on the power of SDL technology.

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