I know that melted polymers are used for DLP (digital light processing) printing, by displaying the model onto the liquid material, which is the melted polymer.

But, can I use materials like steel, carbon fiber, etc?

If yes, then what precautions and arrangement should I make to my apparatus for coping with their high melting point?

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    $\begingroup$ Note that "digital light printing" doesn't exist. There's one article where the writer incorrectly uses the term, but DLP stands for "digital light processing" - it refers to the technology that is used in some beamers and subsequently used in some 3D printers. $\endgroup$ Jan 16, 2016 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ @TomvanderZanden thanks for clarifying. I'd edit the question. But still, my question remains the same. Can it be done with high-melting-point materials? If yes, how? $\endgroup$
    – Dawny33
    Jan 16, 2016 at 15:34

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DLP doesn't use "melted polymer". It uses a photosenstive resin which is at room temperature and polymerizes when exposed to (UV) light. At no point is any material melted.

As such, steel or carbon fiber can not be used as these materials are not photosensitive.


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