Contactless Building Construction Could Happen With This New Levitation Device

Contactless Building Construction Could Happen With This New Levitation Device

In a world where 3D printing is applied to everything from houses to missiles to gunsthe question arises where the production will go next.

A new device called LeviPrint adds a unique feature to the manufacturing process: acoustic levitation. By trapping small objects in high-frequency sound waves, LeviPrint can be used to build a variety of different structures without touching any of the pieces.

LeviPrint moves a small sphere with acoustic levitation.

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A video released by researchers at Spain’s Universidad Publica de Navarra, or UPNA, shows LeviPrint building several things, including a bridge, a hoop made from liquid glue drops and a cat’s ears.

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A bridge-like structure built by LeviPrint.

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Asier Marzo, a UPNA researcher, told CNET that he envisions LeviPrint’s touch-free technology could one day be useful in the biomedical sector, where cross-contamination could be a problem, or in the manufacture of watches and phone cameras, due to their small size. and easy damaged parts.

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An image of the sound waves LeviPrint uses to float and manipulate elongated objects.

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He also said that its acoustic levitation could be useful in future 3D printers, but more hardware and software engineering would be needed before LeviPrint can be considered a member of the 3D printer category.


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Watch the video in this article to see LeviPrint in action. And to read a preprint of the paper, check out this link.

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