Researchers at Duke University say they’ve developed a way to use an off-the-shelf 3D printer to produce “invisibility cloaks” they first demonstrated seven years ago.
The cloaking technology developed at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering doesn’t actually deflect visible light, the university noted. Instead, it involves fashioning a material with different sized holes based on an algorithm which fools microwave beams into not registering the presence of an opaque object placed at the center of the material.
But assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering Yaroslav Urzhumov and others working on the technology believe someday soon they will be able to deflect higher wavelengths, including visible light. And now Urzhumov and his team have demonstrated that a microwave-deflecting invisibility cloak can be fashioned in just a few hours and on the relative cheap.
“I would argue that essentially anyone who can spend a couple thousand dollars on a non-industry grade 3D printer can literally make a plastic cloak overnight,” Urzhumov was quoted as saying…..
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