Gravity Defying 3D Printing Robot (Almost) Makes Objects Appear in Thin Air

Mataerial by Petr Novikov, Saša Joki?, Joris Laarman Studio and IAAC is a 3D printing robot that instead of building an object layer by layer, draws forms from any surface out into thin air.

Working in the same manner as the “3D printing pen” except instead of your shaky hand trying to make a recognizable shape from an ooze of hot plastic cooled by a fan, this process uses two thermosetting polymers which set when combined by a precision robot actually 3D Printing in space.  The team also state that CMYK colors can/could be combined in the same manner to create full color 3D printing using the same method.  The same process could of course be used at a much smaller scale and theoretically multiple robots could 3D print different materials simultaneously onto any surface such as a conductive material and a non conductive material to create electrical pathways.  This is definitely a technology to watch and hopefully their patent application is not so restrictive as to restrict its potential.   

Mataerial is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Joki? from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. IAAC tutors representing Open Thesis Fabrication Program provided their advice and professional expertise. During the course of the research we developed a brand new digital fabrication method and a working prototype that can open a door to a number of practical applications. The method that we call Anti-gravity Object Modeling has a patent-pending status.

via Dezeen


  1. charbel


    Please can i have more details about prices and machines


  2. Aaron

    Awesome. Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. :)

    To previous poster: This is an experiment, not a commercial product. Probably $250k for the generic robot arm and other equipment, and it doesn’t use STL (polygon) models.

    1. Anonymous

      Lego makes a fine robot arm.

  3. Anonymous

    The material must have a very fast curing time. It’s very impressive and innovative idea.

  4. darren

    It helps that the videos are time-lapse, as indicated by the twitchy reflections off the metallic extruder parts.

  5. Luis

    ‘The method that we call Anti-gravity Object Modeling has a patent-pending status.’

    So, fishermen making their nets will be asked to cease and desist?

    Will they ban crystal growing?

    Isn’t (if they’re willing to stretch the definition of ‘anti-gravity’) any current 3D printing system that can raise the printing platform also ‘anti-gravity’?

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