Wednesday, July 17, 2013

3D Printing for Optical Interactivity: Disney & Stratasys

Disney has often been praised for their innovations in technology in the pursuit of entertainment - most famously with their advances in animatronics - so it's no surprise to find Disney also on the forefront of 3D printing technology. In this video from Disney's research hub in Pennsylvania, they demonstrate just a few potential uses of 3D printing technology for printed optics.

Imagine printing out an entire component instead of producing and then assembling individual parts. Now imagine using clear material to create lights, displays, lenses, and other sensory technology. That's what Disney's doing!

Using an Eden260V printer, along with transparent material, Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University worked together to create a whole slew of objects reflecting different kinds of interactivity - all optics-based, of course. The potential applications range from children's toys to light bulbs.

But don't take our word for it - check out Disney's wonderful demo video below, and then read the accompanying paper (click here, PDF).





(Psst - we sell the full Eden line of 3D printers, and the VeroClear material used here, too!)

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