Mataerial 3D-prints beautiful ‘gravity-defying’ structures (Wired UK)

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Mataerial is a 3D printer that actually works in three dimensions, printing thick “cables” of plastic that harden instantly on contact with air in any shape, and in any direction.

Instead of building up layer upon layer like a normal 3D printer, Mataerial works more like a robotic arm from a car factory that spraypaints parts. It works around the piece, laying each cable one by one (as you can see in the video). “This patent-pending method allows for creating 3D objects on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness, and without a need of additional support structures,” the designers write.

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