3D printers could one day produce clothing, accessories and other products at home, and could ultimately lead to cheaper production, according to an MIT team.
The MIT team, which published their results at the IEEE International Conference on 3D Printing and Nanotechnology, says the next step is to create “fabrication devices” that would allow for 3d printing of “design elements,” including furniture, apparel and other items.
The researchers created a system that uses laser light to create small plastic objects in a lab, and then printed them using a 3D printer.
These “printed” items are then deposited into a resin-based resin-like material, where the 3D printed item is heated to produce the desired texture.
These structures can be used to print objects that have been designed using the materials, such as clothing, jewelry and electronics, the team said.
“The idea is that you can actually print a whole bunch of different designs that can be combined together,” said Dr. Rami Ahmad, one of the researchers, in a statement.
“This is the ultimate consumer electronics and clothing, clothing and accessories 3D printable material.”
The research team says this could potentially be used in the home to create a range of items for clothing, furniture and other household items.
“If you have a few items that are close together that are very high-end, that are wearable, that would be cool,” Ahmad said.
“I would love to see this work in homes where people are spending their money.
They can get their own 3D prints.
This would be a way to make these items affordable.”
Researchers from MIT and the University of Wisconsin at Madison created the printer using 3D-printed materials.
They also created a computer-controlled system that could control the printing process to create designs for their printed objects.
The technology could be used for 3-D printing for a wide range of applications, including clothing, electronics and consumer products.
The paper, which was published in the journal Advanced Materials, focuses on the printing of furniture in a home.
The researchers say that they hope to develop a system for printing a range for furniture and accessories, with the goal of creating an array of objects that are affordable to consumers.
The system could be implemented by a small team, Ahmad said, or it could be made commercially available.
The MIT team also said that 3D materials could also be used as a way of producing printed objects for clothing.
“It could be printed in a factory and it would be much more affordable to produce than 3D lithography,” Ahmad explained.
“We are not suggesting that 3-d printing is going to replace 3-mm printing, but we do think that it will be a stepping stone.”