Published on December 13th, 2016 | by Geetika Bhasin
MICRON3DP launches glass 3D printer capable of printing 100-microns layer thickness
MICRON3DP is an Israeli company has come up with an innovation 3D printing glass technology. The company launched this technology last year and will make announcements soon about its advancements. It will soon launch its high-resolution 3D glass printer.
The FFF (fused filament fabrication) of the glass printing device operates faster than the plastic counterpart. This is owing to the fact that the melting point of glass is at 1000 degree Celsius. This has been a challenge for MICRON3DP, and also the attainment of fine resolution for the glass printer.
This printer is capable of layer thicknesses of as little as 100 microns and a build volume of 200 x 200 x 200 mm. The 3D glass manufacturing device can print Soda-Lime and Borosilicate glass.
Glass has numerous properties to serve as a raw material for printing. It includes its strong chemical resistance, sterilization capabilities high-temperature resilience, biocompatibility, and light reflection. This material is hence, extremely versatile and can be used in fields like medicine, security, aerospace, architecture, and art.
Glass has limited prototyping options. Now glass 3D printing can be used for prototyping processes and would be used over other material even the powder materials.
This method uses molten glass and will require some processing once the printing is complete. MICRON3DP CEO Arik Bracha has welcomed innovators and engineers to express their views and to throw light on this latest project which is right now one of the hot projects of 3D printing.
Eran Gal-Or, CTO at MICRON3DP, said that they are constantly improving their glass 3D printing technology to start applications for the commercial market.
Though we still do not know when the 3D printer will be released commercially, the company will showcase “alpha site machines” within the next year.