Rapid prototyping – also known as additive layer manufacturing – allows the fast and cost-effective creation of models, prototypes, tools and end products, e.g. through 3D printing. Photo: © jean song

Rapid prototyping – also known as additive layer manufacturing – allows the fast and cost-effective creation of models, prototypes, tools and end products, e.g. through 3D printing. Photo: © jean song, Fotolia.com

Printed glass

Focus on medical engineering and pharmaceuticals

3D printing involves a large number of layers which are no more than hundredths of a millimetre in thickness, making the process extremely precise. Photo: The Mediated Matter Group

3D printing involves a large number of layers which are no more than hundredths of a millimetre in thickness, making the process extremely precise. Photo: Glass objects created by a 3D printer, The Mediated Matter Group

Glass components

An exhibition held by the Mediated Matter Group at the 2017 Milan Design Week showcased the potential of glass and 3D printing. Photo: Paula Aguilera.

An exhibition held by the Mediated Matter Group at the 2017 Milan Design Week showcased the potential of glass and 3D printing. Photo: Paula Aguilera.

Glass objects made from sand, using sunlight, were 3D-printed by Markus Kayser as early as 2011. Photo: Markus Kayser.

Glass objects made from sand, using sunlight, were 3D-printed by Markus Kayser as early as 2011. Photo: Markus Kayser.

Glass-based computing

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