New software algorithms have been shown to significantly reduce the time and material needed to produce objects with 3-D printers.
By Linda Terhune
Technology analysts are predicting a 3-D printing revolution in the near future that could rival the Internet revolution in its impact. College of Technology researchers in two departments are taking part in that revolution with efforts to make the printers and their products better.
Objects created using 3-D printing have a common flaw: They are fragile and often fall apart or lose their shape.
“I have an entire zoo of broken 3-D printed objects in my office,” said Bedrich Benes, associate professor of computer graphics technology at Purdue University.
The printed fabrications often fail at points of high stress.