World's Smallest 3D Printer Gets Developed At TU Vienna

Posted: May 18 2011, 1:58am CDT | by , in News | Technology News


World's Smallest 3D Printer gets developed at TU Vienna

Hey, Why did I not learn how to build a 3D Printer at the TU Vienna when I studied there?

My old University is making some headlines this week in the gadget world. A research project at the TU Vienna develops the affordable future of 3D printing. Several scientific fields have to come together, to design a 3D-printer. The device was assembled by mechanical engineers Klaus Stadlmann and Markus Hatzenbichler in the research group of professor Jürgen Stampfl. The chemical research by the team of professor Robert Liska was though also essential. The chemists had to come up with the resin used in the 3D printer.

The world's smallest 3D printer is using LED technology. The individual layers hardened by the light beams are just a twentieth of a millimeter thick. Therefore, the printer can be used for applications which require extraordinary precision. Using LED, high intensities of light can be obtained at very well-defined positions.

The prototype of the 3D printer is no bigger than a carton of milk, it weighs 1.5 kilograms. The cost of building it was just 1,200 Euros (~$1,700).  “We will continue to reduce the size of the printer, and the price will definitely decrease too, if it is produced in large quantities”, Klaus Stadlmann believes. Based on the prototype cost this 3D printer could be selling for under $500. HP, I recommend talking to these guys. What would you like to print out in 3D at home?

More details on this TU Vienna page. Via TGDaily and Engadget.

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