3D printing has come a long way in recent years, and the 3D Cocooner is another step that may amaze some and unnerve others. The machine uses strands of a soft and flexible thread, coated with plastic resin. A UV light attached to the print head hardens the material so it can serve as its own foundation, on which multiple layers can be built.

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A tiny saw severs the thread so the Cocooner can move onto another spot, yet the resin is designed to be safely softened again for adjustments and repositioning. The technology is quite mesmerizing to see in action, but has anyone else noticed how these structures look less like webs and more like… cages?

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Via Gizmodo

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