Lexus Invents New Form of 3D Printing

By on February 12th, 2011 in Hardware, Ideas, printer

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New Scientist reports on an innovative parts-making process invented by Lexus. It’s a kind of futuristic 3D Loom that essentially “weaves” parts together. The circular device pulls a series of carbon fibres into a desired shape and is capable of “weaving” highly complex parts much faster than traditional techniques. Curves, varying thicknesses and dimensions are all possible with this approach. Once a part is “weaved”, it is then soaked in resin to finish and solidify the item. 
This approach is completely different from other common 3D printing techniques, and is likely able to make certain types of items that other techniques may not. However, it seems rather complex if you watch the video and probably will remain a unique process suitable for making overly expensive sports cars. We probably won’t see a MakerWeave anytime soon. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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