Polish jeweler Michał Baran has some pretty distant ideas for the future of 3D printing. He has spent the last 30 years thinking of a much faster solution than our current methods. And the result of three decades of reflection? Some small foam print tests that look a little flubby.
In its current form (dish soap and UV resin) it may not look like much, but there is certainly potential for future applications. For example, in construction, if this process was combined with the right technology (like the one in the video below), entire buildings could be built in a matter of hours.
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"Once upon a time I met a bumblebee," Baran told Fabbaloo, and the bee told him that …
"Frat, finally someone is honestly asking us! The answer is very simple: start comparing how we, birds, trees and intoxicating and beautiful dolphins are different from the things we humans make … Keep in mind that mainly we are made of nothing, the main ingredients are air and water … Dude! Your body is built that way too! Never forget that you are the best model for what you do. Also, look at our topology! This is crucial! Proper topology is key to everything You've won You can't find any points, straight lines or right angles anywhere in nature Why do you even draw this evil ?! The effects of human activities are like cancer against reality around you. Change it! "
The bee continues, "Why do these skyscrapers have such silly shapes?" Why don’t they look like redwoods or mound termites? Look at! Their females are so beautiful, rounded: why force them to live in horrible, angular houses ?! What is happening here on this Earth ?! "
This was the conversation that took place to change Baran’s perspective on construction methods, and gave birth to the concept of his foam printing solution. The result is a "photopolymer foam" that is distributed with a foam cannon, which is then activated by UV radiation to harden it. This means that there is no layer and faster production times can be achieved.
Unfortunately, we have not located the Bee to confirm that this conversation has taken place, but we will continue to monitor it. He was last seen dressed in black and yellow and muttering about the fall of humanity.