Canadian Researchers 3D Print Chalcogenide Glass for First Time


Researchers from the Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser (COPL) at Université Laval in Canada have detailed their efforts to be the first to 3D print chalcogenide glass. The findings, published recently in The Optical Society (OSA) journal Optical Materials Express, present a possible new future of low-cost and complex photonic components and glass-infused materials with unique optical properties.

“This new method could potentially result in a breakthrough for efficient manufacturing of infrared optical components at a low cost” explains Yannick Ledemi, a member of the research team.

Using a commercially available fused deposition modeling 3D printer as the technological basis for their work, the researchers created a custom filament stock from chalcogenide glass,  printing it much as one might print PLA or ABS. Using this method, the researchers were able to create basic shapes useful for creating optical components to operate at mid-infrared wavelengths.


See LinkedIn profile: