3D printing has the ability to change the world and to become relevant for a mass market, but today the problem with the technique is that it’s still taking too long to produce a 3D printed object. Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have tried to do something about this and they claim to have successfully developed a faster 3D printing process, which can print out objects in a few minutes.
With this new technique the fabrication time of 3D printing could been shaved down to minutes, which means 3D printers could easier be used in retail sectors. “Digital material design and fabrication enables controlled material distributions of multiple base materials in a product component for significantly improved design performance,” says USC Viterbi professor Yong Chen. “Such fabrication capability opens up exciting new options that were previously impossible.”
3D printing has been useful to save time during the creating process of objects. Traditional modeling and prototyping approaches used to take days, while 3D printing techniques are able to do a lot of complex printing jobs in a couple of hours. With an improved technique called mask-image-projection-based stereolithography (MIP-SL) the team of Chen could suddenly be speeding up the work a lot more. Chen tells about his work in this video: