3D printers have been available for a few years. At present, it is easy to purchase such a printer or to commission an outside company to produce a three-dimensional prototype.
The majority of 3D printers available on the market function in the same way – a few hundred layers of molten plastic are overlapped on top of each other until the required object is obtained. However, this takes a lot of time. More and more new technologies are appearing which attempt to solve this issue.
One solution is to create the object out of liquid material. This is possible with a small beam of ultraviolet rays which is directed towards a container with a special substance.
Creating objects is quite spectacular, thanks to this innovative method called Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP), which can be observed in the following videos:
However its greatest advantage is the possibility of creating an object up to 100 times quicker than the traditional way.
This method can be applied in many fields such as medicine (mainly for making prostheses), and the textile and engineering industries.