#3Dprinting #science #technology #glass #stereolithography #Photopolymerisation
Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany created a technique to 3D-print objects using glass by mixing nanoparticles of high-purity quartz glass and a small quantity of liquid polymer. They then allowed the mixture to be cured by light at specific points – by means of stereo-lithography.
What is Stereo-lithography? It is a form of 3D printing technology mainly used for creating models, prototypes, patterns and production parts. The technology created the 3D print in a layer by layer fashion using photopolymerisation.
Photopolymerisation is a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link, thus forming polymers. The material which remains a liquid, is washed out in a solvent bath, leaving only the desired cured structure.
Wow. This technology can be used to create detailed 3D structures.