July 10, 2014 AT 3:00 pm

The mad scientists of 3D printing – Inside MadeSolid #3DPrinting #3DThursday


The MadeSolid team usually begins the day with a quick gathering to discuss the problems they are working on or the roadblocks they are running into.

The lab team starts with a set of properties it wants to achieve in the chemical mixtures, and they work on achieving those levels. Pickens said that they will typically spend 6-7 hours working on chemicals in the lab, followed by 1-2 hours of testing. All of this happens in parallel, in the aggregate. So, some chemists are working on chemicals as others are testing. They spend a lot of time testing, which Pickens said is the most important part.

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