back to article MIT breakthrough means there's no material too weird for 3D printing

Eggheads at MIT say they have developed a method for 3D printing, which they claim greatly reduces the time taken to adapt machines to using different materials. One of the drawbacks to 3D printing, which has been hyped as a revolutionary technology for more than a decade, is that changing the printed medium can require …

  1. Korev Silver badge

    Thanks to sensors and maths, machines can 'learn' to adapt to new media


  2. Pete 2 Silver badge


    > we demonstrate a method that can take all these interesting materials that are bio-based and made from various sustainable sources and show that the printer can figure out by itself how to print those materials

    I look forward to the day when I can 3D print cheese

    1. GlenP Silver badge

      Re: Wallace?

      Like this?

      1. Francis Boyle

        For some value

        of cheese!

      2. GrahamRJ

        Re: Wallace?

        That's not cheese though. It's gloop which isn't entirely not cheese flavoured.

    2. Paul Herber Silver badge

      Re: Wallace?

      Don't forget the crackers, Gromit!

      Cracker icon.

  3. Dr. G. Freeman

    In other news, the MIT cafeterias finally have got rid of the yellowish pasta that nobody likes.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No AI?

    Good to see that some people can still do work without AI.

  5. Bitsminer Silver badge

    ...machines can 'learn' to adapt to new mediums...

    And here I thought astrology and Tarot card readers were out of fashion....

  6. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    Finally we could print storage boxes made of water.

  7. AlanSh

    Well I am glad someone understands this

    Because I don't.

  8. Frank Bitterlich

    I'm somewhat disappointed...

    I don't know why, but after reading the headline, I somehow expected that they had found a method to print somewhat more exotic materials... like, say, hamburger meat, or superglue or something...

    1. Ordinary Donkey

      Re: I'm somewhat disappointed...

      I want to 3d print soap.

      1. Adair Silver badge

        Re: I'm somewhat disappointed...

        Already done, there's a business in my village printing 3D novelty soaps. You can have one of your own head. Been running for several years.

        1. Ordinary Donkey

          Re: I'm somewhat disappointed...

          What do they use?

          (To be clear I know you can 3d print soap moulds, I want to skip that bit)

  9. MJI Silver badge

    Now get it to work with resin printers.

    I had to do a few tests to get the right times for some new resin.

    ABSLike, rather good for fragile stuff.

    Mix with standard for more rigid.

  10. GlenP Silver badge

    Not Convinced

    If we're talking purely nozzle temperatures and feed rates I can see this would work, but that's rarely where the issues occur with novel materials. Can it calculate bed temperatures, layer parameters, etc. for good adhesion?

  11. plungerman

    i like boffins better than eggheads.

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