(ORDO NEWS) — A group of scientists from the University of Navarra has invented a levitating device to create non-contact complex objects.
It works in combination with a robotic arm and a liquid dispenser. To build in such an environment, you do not need to contact the components – it sounds and looks fantastic.
How the acoustic levitation system works
The LeviPrint system uses acoustic manipulation to collect objects without physical contact: the acoustic field captures small particles, glue drops and oblong objects. She can lift it into the air and change the position of an object in space.
How it can be applied
Since the device allows you to manipulate small objects and parts, as well as liquids and powders, this avoids cross-contamination of materials.
In this way, 3D printing can also be used to apply elements on top of existing ones or create structures inside closed containers.
The use of acoustic levitation itself is not new and breakthrough, but so far no one has been able to hold and manipulate elongated objects.
The development of scientists from Spain paves the way for the rapid and non-contact production of strong, light and complex structures with elongated segments.
The device allows you to connect the components with a drop of glue. To do this, a ball of adhesive glue must be placed at the connection point and a beam of ultraviolet light should be directed at it.
The ultrasonic field can pass through fabrics, meshes and other materials. To demonstrate the capabilities of the technology, the developers built a boat inside the bottle, controlling particles floating in the air from the outside.
In the future, the inventors are going to add the ability to work with levitating objects in the aquatic environment. Then it will be possible to create complex structures in cell cultures and, possibly, inside living beings.
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