Micron3DP glass 3D printers
Micron3DP has now completed the internal installation of a set of fully operational high-resolution glass 3D printers.
Israeli start-up company, Micron3DP has announced a development in the progression of its glass 3D printing methods.
First demonstrating its molten glass 3D printing capabilities over a year ago, Micron3DP has now completed the internal installation of a set of fully operational high-resolution glass 3D printers. Serving as Alpha units, the printers are capable of printing complex glass parts quickly and easily.
Micron3DP is delighted with the installation of these printers and the progress it resembles.
“We are constantly improving our glass 3D printing technology and we are proud to operate our first Alpha printers at our facilities, proving the ability to print high-resolution complex glass parts with a layer thickness as low as 100 microns,” said Eran Gal-Or, CTO at Micron3DP.
The patent pending technology is based on the fused deposition modelling (FDM) process which is implemented at extremely high temperatures, over 1,000 degrees Celsius. So far, Micron3DP has successfully printed with only two types of glass, soda lime and borosilicate, though it is constantly exploring additional materials. The build size of the printers is of similar size to the rate of popular industrial FDM printers, 200mm x 200mm x 300mm.
Micron3DP glass 3D printing
Micron3DP demonstrating its technology's ability to 3D print personal applications in soda-lime glass.
Glass offers excellent chemical resistance, is biocompatible, easy to sterilise, transfers light and can withstand high temperatures. As a result, it has long been a commonly used material for industrial and personal applications. Micron3DP’s new printer allows for fast and easy manufacturing of complex glass parts. The Israeli company believes the machine will offer engineers, designers, craftsmen and other users an option that has not previously been available.
Micron3DP is confident glass 3D printing will be of use in a variety of applications in a range of industries. These include medical and healthcare; architecture; arts and crafts; security; micro labs; microfluidics; and science research labs.
“We are confident that there are many applications in these various markets which are waiting to be explored along the road,” said Arik Bracha, CEO at Micron3DP. “We are open for any ideas coming from engineers, designers, artists and other professionals that will see the big potential of using this new technology.”
Micron3DP presently operates several Alpha printers at its facilities in Israel and expects to install the first Beta units towards the end of 2017.