One Argentinian engineer, named Gastón Accardi, has been involved with 3D printing technology for more than 12 years, and was one of the first people to bring the technology to South America. Some time ago, he thought of an idea for a new type of 3D printer, but put off designing it for about five years as he was too busy. Now, however, his invention has been unveiled – a 3D printer that utilises metal.
“The machine is a 3D electroplating metal printer,” Accardi explains. “I use the electrochemical reaction to deposit metal where I want. Many kinds of metal can be used, even alloys, conductive and semiconducting materials and in multi metal layers. The best is that it is a very cheap method for metal printing.”