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Mediated Matter Group of MITs’ Media Lab in collaboration with MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT’s Glass Lab has developed an additive manufacturing platform called G3DP for printing transparent glass structures.
The G3DP platform uses two chambers, an upper chamber, and a lower chamber. The upper chamber is heated to a temperature of 1900°F to produce molten glass. The lower chamber performs annealing by slowly cooling the molten glass. The molten glass is funneled through a nozzle to 3D print fascinating glass structures.
According to Prof.Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab,¨ who directs the Mediated Matter research group, ¨this research could lead to advances in creating fiber optic cables that transmit data more efficiently.¨