ICTP’s SciFabLab investigates and promotes low-cost technologies that can be used in science education, such as 3D printers (Goal Nr.9) and also supports education via automated recordings of physics and math lectures via ICTP.tv
First tests of the “open3Dstream” project by SciFabLab aiming to develop a 3D holographic projection on a glass pyramid of a real-time video stream (kind of volumetric display in space-time) -this is the case when using a one webcam only.
We introduce in the images below our first cold-end prototype for 3D printing by selective fast cooling (“freezing”) of a bath of melted material (having low melting-point like Wax and chocolate). This solution is based on thermoelectrical devices and is designed to work with standard RepRap (hot-end) 3D printers, with just simple adaptations of the extruder part, so that the same firmware and g-codes could be used. The printed Wax material can be easily recycled within the same freezing process avoiding any waste. Since Candle-Wax is easily available around the world, we believe the use of Mr 3DFreeze cold-end for the 3D printing of educational objects may find a fertile soil.
Il primo anno di Make in Italy! Tanti auguri… Tante iniziative in quest’anno, compresa la pubblicazione sull’Ingegno Italiano, i FabLab ed i Maker in occasione dei 50 anni della Programma 101 in collaborazione con l’ICTP SciFabLab di Trieste.