Capillary effect of a clever 3D printed structure

Is the future of 3D printing in a smarter use of materials?

Netfabb, a digital fabrication software company, made this video demonstrating the capillary effect of a 3D printed structure designed with their software. At first glance, it may not be too impressive to see liquid rise slightly, but it demonstrates enormous potential.

With traditional manufacturing, material is a solid mass, but 3D printing allows material to be produced with various densities and extremely complex structures. In this blogger’s opinion, this may be the true future of 3D printing.

Via Shapeways