MIT’S INKBIT CREATES INDUSTRIAL 3D PRINTER WITH “EYES AND A BRAIN”

3D Printing Industry | 6/4/2019 | Tia Vialva
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Inkbit, a startup of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed an industrial 3D printer with machine-vision and machine-learning technologies.

“The company was born out of the idea of endowing a 3D printer with eyes and brains,” said Davide Marini, co-founder and CEO of Inkbit.

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“Everyone knows the advantages of 3D printing are enormous, but most people are experiencing problems adopting it. The technology just isn’t there yet. Our machine is the first one that can learn the properties of a material and predict its behavior.”

“I believe it will be transformative because it will enable anyone to go from an idea to a usable product extremely quickly. It opens up business opportunities for everyone.”

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In 2015, Inkbit co-founders Marini, Wojciech Matusik, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Javier Ramos, Wenshou Wang, and Kiril Vidimče sought to develop a high speed, high precision 3D printer capable of processing high-quality materials.

According to the team, rubber-like materials such as silicone, and high-temperature materials such as epoxy, are among the most difficult to 3D print and lead to uneven distribution and print process failures like clogging. Such materials are also prone to shrink over time.

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To address this, a 3D printer with the ability to produce 10 materials at once with machine vision was constructed. This would lead to the commercialization and development of Inkbit’s multi-material inkjet 3D printer dubbed as “Snapper”.

A 3D printed pinch valve. Clip via Inkbit.

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Matusik’s research group integrated a custom optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner, which uses light with a long wavelength to see through the surface of materials as well as scan layers at a resolution the fraction of the...
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