When it comes to 3D printing, there are a lot of different materials out there you can use to create everything from burritos to running shoes, even drugs. But every time you think things can’t get any more insane, along comes some new method that’s even crazier than the last.
Phantom Geometry from Kyle von Hasseln and Liz von Hasseln uses UV light to 3D print data, becoming a “system for generating material volume from streaming information.” So how does this magical, glowing wonder thing work? It uses a type of resin that responds to UV light, using UV rays to shape the structure so that the streaming data becomes a solid stalactite-type form (like the example in the video above). You can even interrupt the process and change what you’re printing as you’re doing it. I’ll let them explain:
The system uses UV light from a modified DLP projector to continuously and selectively cure photo-initiated resin within a shallow vat system we developed for the project. The cured part is simultaneously and continually pulled away from the vat, allowing un-cured resin to flood in beneath it to be subsequently cured. The result is the material reification of streaming data that emerges along the motion path of the Staubli robot maneuvering the vat/projector apparatus.
This system of fabrication relies upon native real-time feed-back and feed-forward mechanisms, and is therefore interruptible and corruptible at any time. The streaming data input may be transformed or modified at any time, and such interventions impact emerging downstream geometry.
The project won the Gehry Prize at the SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) commencement ceremony. The pair’s next project is The Sugar Lab which is looking at 3D printed sugar. Mmmmm, sugar.
[via Prosthetic Knowledge]