Modified laser cutter prints 3-D objects from powder (Video)

Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS, an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that can print intricate 3-D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials. The system costs at least 40 times less than its commercial counterparts and allows researchers to work with their own specialized powdered materials. Continue reading “Modified laser cutter prints 3-D objects from powder (Video)”

3D Printed Mesostructured Materials – Flex and Light

Andreas Bastian works at Rice University developing 3D printers for medical applications. Since last October he has been experimenting with creating hexagonal meshes for applications in low-cost 3D printed prosthetics. To create these “mesostructured materials”, as Andreas likes to call them, he has been using a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer. Continue reading “3D Printed Mesostructured Materials – Flex and Light”