We already know about 3D, 4D, 5D Printing previously. Now we are learning more about 5D printing. This is made in India Halo 5D Printer. The Bengaluru-based company, Etherial Machine has come up with a 3D printing technique like no other. 5D printer won the Best of Innovation CES 2018 Award.
5D printing can be better called 5-axis printing, where there are five distinct axes along which the printer head moves. This allows for far more complex structures to be printed, while also enabling much stronger construction. Here’s how it work.
The benefits of 5D Printing is more than regular 3D printing. Because objects that are 3D printed are technically made out of slices of flat layers. The layers are flat, the object can have some weak points. When we use 5D printing, the curved layers prevent creating weak points.
According to MERL’s scientist ( Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs ) William Yerazunis, Ph.D. Senior Principal Research Scientist of this lab explained,” Tests that have been made with 5D printed objects by MERL showed that these objects were 3 to 5 times stronger than if it had been 3D printed. MERL explained the difference in strength by comparing a bicycle to a motorcycle. MERL pressurized two identical plastic printed pressure caps, one created with 3D printing and the other with 5D printing. The 3D printed cap could only handle 0.1 megapascals of pressure – so, about 1 second before it burst.
5D printing, for example, a concave cap, an item that could not be 3D printed because it needs a lot of fillers and support, plus whose design is too complex. Below you can see an example of a 5D printed concave cap and you will directly understand how the shape didn’t allow for horizontal 3D printed layers.:)