Japanese engineers create tactile 3D printed surface patterns using clever technique

Japanese engineers create tactile 3D printed surface patterns using clever technique

Japanese engineers Haruki Takahashi and Homei Miyashita have devised a 3D printing technique that controls printing thickness by increasing and decreasing the amount of material extruded during printing. The technique enables the 3D printing of tactile surfaces on standard FDM 3D printers. Although it is possible to create intricate, patterned surfaces using a 3D printer, doing so can be tricky: the layer-by-layer procedure of additive manufacturing makes it difficult to obtain complex patterns, especially on a small scale, and individual layers of the print can easily become conspicuous in what is supposed to be a smooth, unbroken curve. Haruki […]

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