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Joris Laarman’s Anti-Gravity 3D Printer Conjures Metal out of Thin Air

(Core 77) The MX3D Metal debuted recently in Europe and will be exhibited in New York City’s Friedman Benda gallery come May. Joris Laarman’s Amsterdam-based lab is an experimental playground that tinkers with engineers and craftsmen on the many new possibilities of emerging technology in the field of art and design. The MX3D-Metal printer can print with metals such as steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze or copper without the need for support structures. By adding small amounts of molten metal at a time, the MX3D Metal is able to print lines in mid air, hence the ‘anti-gravity’ connection.  The team uses different types of software that work closely together to control the welding torch on the robot arm.