3D printing inspired by Hollywood

Additive manufacturing is the latest fad for both consumers and industry alike. But 3D printing is not without its downside. The process is extremely slow, printed parts are mechanically weak and material choices are too limited. However, imagine a world where you could print an object 25 to 100 times faster out of a range of materials to give the item better, more unique properties.

In this TEDTalks, Joseph DeSimone explains a revolutionary additive manufacturing process that promises to change 3D printing as we know it. Inspired by T-1000 from Terminator 2, Joseph set out to create a 3D printer that could make an object arise out of a puddle in real time with no waste.

By harnessing light and oxygen, a new additive manufacturing process was born, Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP). Watch the video below to view the process in action.