3-dimensional objects from a custom-made syringe printer to obtain a variety of results, material compositions, and techniques. The process began with building the printer, then trying a variety of media as the ‘filament’ and as the ‘bath’, utilizing different curing processes to solidify liquid prints. In total, sodium alginate and UV curable resin were used as the ‘filament’ and xanthan gum, gelatin and carbopol were used as the ‘baths’ in which the filament was printed into. Considering rheological and optical natures of each material, we concluded that carbopol and UV curable resin was the best in terms of holding up 3-D objects, but the sodium alginate in a calcium chloride and xanthan gum bath produced far more interesting material possibilities over time. Overall, the process expanded on the capabilities of the syringe 3D printer and proves it to be fruitful to explore more possibilities with it.
To share our results, we created a publication documenting our process and materials for others to use in hopes that are research can be taken further. The publication can be found and downloaded at this link.
The following images are from a three hour exhibition, where we presented our publication, a live demo of our printer, and a set up of the materials used and results of our printing exploration.