new continuous 3D printer does away with the layers completely, being able to print 25-100 times faster the same objects a normal printer does. A platform draws the object continuously out of a bath of liquid resin like in Terminator 2
:) ► http://www.vox.com/2015/3/16/8227627/3d-printing-liquid-continuous
. Here is the 1 min youtube clip from where the gif was made ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3TgmvV2ElQ
The technology, called Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) manipulates light and oxygen to fuse objects in liquid media, creating the first 3D printing process that uses tunable photochemistry instead of the layer-by-layer approach that has defined the technology for decades.
It works by projecting beams of light through an oxygen-permeable window into a liquid resin.
Working in tandem, light and oxygen control the solidification of the resin, creating commercially viable objects that can have feature sizes below 20 microns, or less than one-quarter of the width of a piece of paper.
If you want more data, http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2015/03/18/science.aaa2397.abstract
has the original research.