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3D Printed Glass Opens New Avenues for Manufacturing Sector

3D Printed Glass Opens New Avenues for Manufacturing Sector

Written by David

April 19, 2019

Scientists from Canada’s Université Laval have successfully 3D printed objects made from chalcogenide glass. Chalcogenide glass is widely used to make optical components that operate at mid-infrared wavelengths. This ability to 3D print glass opens new avenues for manufacturing low-cost sensors, telecommunications components and even biomedical devices. Patrick Larochelle and his colleagues from the university’s Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser (COPL) modified a commercially available 3D printer for their glass extrusion process. The new method is based on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), whereby a plastic filament is melted and then extruded layer-by-layer to create detailed 3D objects. “3D printing of optical materials will pave the way for a new era of designing and combining materials to produce the photonic components and fibers of the future,” says team member Yannick Ledemi. “This new method could potentially result in a breakthrough for efficient manufacturing of infrared optical components at a low […]

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