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3D printing without support material

News International-French

31 May 2013

Mataerial a brand new method of additive manufacturing. 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.

Conventional methods of additive manufacturing have been affected both by gravity and printing environment: creation of 3D objects on irregular, or non-horizontal surfaces has so far been treated as impossible. By using innovative extrusion technology, it is now possible to neutralize the effect of gravity during the course of the printing process.

This method gives to customers a flexibility to create truly natural objects by making 3D curves instead of 2D layers. Unlike 2D layers that are ignorant to the structure of the object, the 3D curves can follow exact stress lines of a custom shape.

A wide range of possiblities is now opened to manufacture structures of almost any size, shape and color.

Anti·gravity Object Modeling demonstration

About Mataerial:
The company is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research they developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications. The method that they call Anti·gravity Object Modeling has a patent-pending status.