3D printing is set to change the face of manufacturing – and as the additive manufacturing movement takes off, it's yielded up all manner of weird and wonderful 3D printers, from the dinky 3Doodler pen to the whopping Protohouse.
Mataerial has created a new Anti-Gravity Object Modelling device that, frankly, has to be seen to be believed. Resembling nothing so much as a giant 3Doodler pen mounted to a robot arm, the printer can create smooth curves and arcs in three dimensions, resulting in some truly outlandish-looking structures. It can even start printing from a vertical surface, creating gravity-defying shapes.
Created by a team from Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio, Mataerial is only a working prototype for the time being, but could be used to conjure up all manner of curvy creations in the future. The team reckon that because its curved forms can follow the stress lines of a custom shape, it'll make for sturdy – yet elegant – structures. We can't wait to see what they come up with.