Canadian researchers 3D print chalcogenide glass for the first time

3D Printing Media Network | April 24, 2019

Canadian researchers 3D print chalcogenide glass for the first time
A team of researchers from the Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada have successfully 3D printed chalcogenide glass for the first time. The material, which is used to make optical components for mid-infrared wavelength applications, now has the potential to be made into more complex parts, such as optical fibers, for more affordable sensors, telecommunications components and biomedical devices.
The research team, from the university’s Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser COPL, achieved the 3D printing milestone by adapting an existing commercial FDM 3D printer to be able to process the chalcogenide glass. This was possible because chalcogenide glass softens at a lower temperature than other glass. By upping the 3D printer’s maximum extrusion temperature from 260°C to 330°C, the research team was able to extrude a special chalcogenide glass filament which was designed to have similar dimensions to conventional plastic filament.

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