3D printers just keep getting cooler and cooler. Combine that with glass that goes all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt some 4,500 years ago and you get a pretty cool result. MIT’s Glass Lab collaborated with the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab and created a way to 3D print glass in a project titled G3DP.
They created a video to display how this technology works with all of its intricacies. Glass 3D printing works by using a dual-heated chamber where the top chamber heats the glass and the bottom chamber cools to prevent internal stress. The top chamber gets as hot as 1900 °F and funnels the molten glass through an alumina-silica nozzle into programmable shapes.
Researchers at MIT described how the project, “synthesizes modern technologies, with age-old established glass tools and technologies producing novel glass structures with numerous potential applications.” You can catch a selection of Glass pieces that will appear in an exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2016.