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Obvious 3D printer technology based on 39. Inert environment

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MOST Delta filament as guide.JPG This page was part of an MTU course MSE4777 OA and MSE4777 OB/MSE5777/EE4777/EE5777: Open-source 3-D printing

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Notice: Broad and/or obvious patent claims for 3-D printing technology may hamper the open-source 3-D printing community's ability to innovate. Previous work on an algorithm protected 3-D printing materials. This page is part of a MTU Open Source 3-D Printing class project to investigate 3-D printing concepts using TRIZ and is presented here as a defensive publication of prior art to help identify obvious 'inventions' for 3-D printing.

Examiners: The ideas on this page dated Dec 3, 2015 and Nov 29, 2016 were developed by university students with less than a semester of formal 3-D printing experience (or by an instructor in class) and thus should be considered unpatentable because of obviousness to any person skilled in the art of additive manufacturing.
Appropedians: This page is open edit. Please fee free to add ideas and sign them below with ~~~~ or to use any of the ideas to built better open-source 3-D printers.



  1. Print in vacuum to avoid contamination Joshua (talk) 07:30, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  2. Print with inert gas for GMAW 3DP Joshua (talk) 07:30, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  3. Print with inert gas injected into plastic to reduce weight Joshua (talk) 07:30, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    1. voxel plastic balls Joshua (talk) 07:44, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    2. foam print Joshua (talk) 07:44, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    3. foam infill Joshua (talk) 07:44, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  4. Print with inert gas injected into metal to reduce weight Joshua (talk) 07:30, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  5. Print with inert gas injected into ceramic to reduce weight Joshua (talk) 07:30, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  6. Print with inert gas around object to avoid ionizing radiation from ruining resolution in SLA Joshua (talk) 07:30, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  7. Print with inert gas atmosphere while exposing to ionizing radiation to set up location of voxel Joshua (talk) 07:30, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  8. Print with inert gas inside a sol for insulation Joshua (talk) 07:32, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  9. Print with inert gas to create foam to 3DP isolation Joshua (talk) 07:32, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  10. Print with inert gas in hyper cold environment to have inert gas solid Joshua (talk) 07:32, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  11. Print with inert gas in vacuum to have 3D printed gas in space Joshua (talk) 07:32, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    1. Use for advertising Joshua (talk) 07:32, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  12. Print with inert gas injected into window in final step for low 3 glass multipane windows in 3DP home Joshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  13. Print with inert gas injected into walls in final step for energy efficient 3DP home Joshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  14. Print with inert gas injected into ceiling/floor in final step for energy efficient 3DP home Joshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  15. Blow inert gas with pressure during FFF to improve resolution of fine prints Joshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  16. Blow inert gas at 3D print at end of print to remove from print bedJoshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    1. Use this to automate multiprints Joshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    2. Use for batch printingJoshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    3. Use for scaled productionJoshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  17. Cool motors of 3DP to drive higher speeds with inert gasJoshua (talk) 07:35, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  18. Print head as spaceship - use inert gas jets to move head into position for 3DP --Joshua (talk) 07:37, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  19. Print head as sail boat - use inert gas jets to move head into position for 3DP --Joshua (talk) 07:37, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  20. Surface for printing is "bed" of moving inert gas - shifts to position under printhead Joshua (talk) 07:37, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  21. For SLA printing deposit inert powder as filler to allow for overhangs Joshua (talk) 07:39, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  22. For SLA printing deposit inert active material to add functionality while being caged inside print Joshua (talk) 07:39, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    1. e.g. electronics
    2. e.g. LED
    3. e.g. gas sensor
  23. Print with inert powder as filler in FFF to allow for lower costs Joshua (talk) 07:39, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    1. e.g. for dumping waste to add weight
    2. e.g. to avoid overhangs as internal fill
  24. Could have 2 print heads - one FFF and one dump powder for save reasons as above Joshua (talk) 07:39, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  25. Use inert pellets as fill in large 3DP - as in concrete aggregate 3DPJoshua (talk) 07:43, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  26. Cool 3DP with inert liquid during print Joshua (talk) 07:48, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  27. Maintain temperature of 3DP to avoid crystalization by immersing in inert liquid during printing Joshua (talk) 07:48, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  28. 3DP with inert fluid - and freeze in location - print ice, print coolants at lower T -- Joshua (talk) 07:48, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  29. 3DP with fluid to allow for overhangs, bridges, and drain when complete --Joshua (talk) 07:48, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  30. Float 3DP components into place on inert fluid Joshua (talk) 07:48, 1 December 2015 (PST)
  31. Second head depositing fluid in chamber of solid 3DP -- Joshua (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2015 (PST)
    1. self healing - if the fluid reacts with air (if it was printed in inert gas or vacuum) -- Joshua (talk) 07:52, 1 December 2015 (PST)


1. Print PET under mineral oil or somthing to elinimate the hydolization from happening. --Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

2. Print under CO2 or argon like welding shelding gas--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

3. Dry PET thrrough a long tube as it is being drawn through by blowing hot dry air through the pipr like a counterflow heat exchanger. --Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

4. Do #3 as it is being printed.--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

5. Print underwater with pet to cool faster for objects that need to solidify quickly while printing.--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

6. Print PET in a vacum so the water is drawn out as printed t prevent hydolization.--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

7. Print whipped food in a vacum, so when removed to atmosphereic resssure it expands, much like the manufacuting of cheeto puffs, or puffed rice.--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

8. Print out of a head using air pressure insead of driving filament with stepper--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)


9. Print onto sand to avind sticking--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

10. Print deep fryed batter into hot vegatable oil.--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)

11. Do # 10 as the batter is frying, so thre are many fried surfaces.--Pjgoreck (talk) 07:54, 3 December 2015 (PST)