Gallery: LaserOrigami Uses a Laser Cutter to Create 3D Objects Faster t...


It’s widely assumed that 3D printing represents the next frontier in fabricating objects of all types, but researchers at Germany’s Hasso Plattner Institute have come up with a novel way of creating 3D objects out of 2D pieces of plastic using a laser cutter. LaserOrigami is a remarkable new fabrication technique that is faster than most 3D printers. Instead of using joints, LaserOrigami can create complex 3D objects by folding, bending and stretching plastic with extreme precision, eliminating the need for pieces to be manually assembled.

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  1. mercurydan March 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Wow i love that they are using such a large piece of plastic to cut such a small thing. Gotta love the wasted rest of the plastic. Still doesn’t compare to 3D printers with almost zero waste. Speed from 3D printers will come in time.

  2. CardiffJeff March 2, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Brilliant concept for terrestrial use. I know 3D printers and such like are being considered for planetary exploration but this method of fabrication, being dependant on gravity, would be useless in space.

  3. Oğuz Bal March 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    sorry but, they didn’t something new. They just have 3d laser printer and many hours to spend to find out a new technique. but cong. for idea.

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