3D printing with ice

A cool way to print (…sorry)

Ice model in mid-print

I love experiments with non-standard 3D printing materials. Mashed potatoes was probably my favourite until now… But printing with ice has the irresistible combination of converting a digital file into a fixed, permanent medium that is also temporary.

From digital to icicle

The rapid freeze prototyping system began life at McGill several years ago, and appears to be quite good at what it does. There’s a video on the project page of this awesome 3D printed ice chain:

Ice chain

Maybe someday our refrigerators will be able to output custom ice sculptures on-demand!

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Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.

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