Researchers at EPFL have developed a new, high-precision method for 3D-printing small, soft objects.
The process, which takes less than 30 seconds from start to finish, has potential applications in a wide range of fields, including 3D bioprinting.
It all starts with a translucent liquid. Then, as if by magic, darker spots begin to form in the small, spinning container until, barely half a minute later, the finished product takes shape. This groundbreaking 3D-printing method, developed by researchers at EPFL’s Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices (LAPD), can be used to make tiny objects with unprecedented precision and resolution – all in record time.
The team has published its findings in the journal Nature Communications, and a spin-off, Readily3D, has been set up to develop and market the system.