3D printers bring new potential to prototyping and innovating at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff are printing in a new dimension, using 3D printers to transform 3D designs into tangible objects. More formally known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is a process that assembles conventional manufacturing materials, such as plastics and metals, in successive layers along the Z axis (i.e., top down or bottom up). The Laboratory has invested in several 3D printers, ranging in size and capability from industrial-scale, top-of-the-line models to desktop, home-hobbyist models. Located in the Rapid Hardware
Integration Facility (RHIF)—the Laboratory’s dedicated rapid prototyping area—and in the Technology Office Innovation Laboratory (TOIL)—a newly opened space for prototyping and tinkering—the Laboratory’s 3D printers are being utilized to complete work on sponsored programs and to explore preprogram ideas acheter viagra 100mg. “3D printing enables staff to pursue a variety of programs and activities,” says Andy Vidan, associate technology officer, Technology Office.