MIT Researchers Streamline Multi-Material Printing

Although printers capable of creating multi-material 3D objects have been around for a while, the software that takes your model and turns it into a print has been slow and hard to use. In an effort to make multi-material 3D printing faster and easier, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have created “OpenFab: A Programmable Pipeline for Multi-Material Fabrication”.One of the biggest issues when printing complex surfaces has always been the fact that, before a model makes it to the printer, it has to be digested by software that can turn terabytes of geometric data into printer readable code. In the past,