Category Archives: Lenses

It’s clear – you can 3D print transparent parts on a desktop FFF machine

In a new project from Fenneclabs, self-professed maker Tomer Glick has demonstrated how to make transparent parts on a desktop FFF 3D printer. A challenging project, due to the inhomogenity of melted plastic, Glick’s experimentation successfully creates focusing lenses, and clear blocks that replicate the effect of etched glass. Sanding out the grooves Glick’s 3D printed […]

3D prints get another layer of security from Nanoscribe two-photon lithography

The security of 3D printed parts is a chief concern for high-value manufacturers in industry. Quantum dots, that glow when hit with a UV light, are one possibility for  protecting 3D prints from counterfeiting. Chemical “ghost signatures” are another, and can be found embedded in the layers of 3D printed parts. Working with two-photon lithography, […]

Northwestern’s 3D printer auto generates designs for future Wi-Fi

How can 3D printing give you faster internet? Form-fitting health trackers for sneakers? Or even an invisibility cloak? Scientists in photonics (the study of light) have been working on projects touching these ideas for some time. At the base level, such products rely on the manipulation of light, through waveguides designed to channel/block specific wavelengths. […]

Northwestern’s 3D printer auto generates designs for future Wi-Fi

How can 3D printing give you faster internet? Form-fitting health trackers for sneakers? Or even an invisibility cloak? Scientists in photonics (the study of light) have been working on projects touching these ideas for some time. At the base level, such products rely on the manipulation of light, through waveguides designed to channel/block specific wavelengths. […]

Engineers have a bright future in 3D printing & optics

The optical industry is one of the most exciting industries affected by additive manufacturing, as well as one of the oldest. The earliest known lenses were made from polished crystal in 750 BC and though we’ve seen upgrades to the industry over the centuries thanks to engineering, we are at the brink of an amazing breakthrough! 3D printers, […]

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