(From UW News)
A team of engineers and artists working at the University of Washington’s Solheim Rapid Manufacturing Laboratory has developed a way to create glass objects using a conventional 3-D printer and a new type of material. The team’s method, which it named the Vitraglyphic process, uses 20-micron glass powder. While the printer uses a inkjet printer mechanism to deposit droplets of binder solution into starch powder, the glass doesn’t absorb the binder. So the team has to adjust the powder-to-binder ratio to hold the material together at high temperatures so that it could be kiln-fired. The new method would also create a way to re-purpose used glass for new functions such as a low-cost material that can help bring 3-D printing within the budget of a broader community of artists and designers.
(Thanks Ben for the lead!)