Lecture and Demo on the First Molten Glass 3D Printer

An inside look at a glass 3D printer

Relive the early days of the world’s first molten glass 3D printer when RIT’s glass program welcomes three guests as part of its Visiting Artist Lecture Series in mid-April.

In the spirit of the glass program’s semester-long focus on cross-disciplinary research, it is hosting a trio consisting of an artist/educator, an engineer and a material scientist from the team that created the unique application of 3D printing technology. Peter Houk, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Glass Lab, and MIT-trained researchers Daniel Lizardo and Michael Stern are coming to RIT for a lecture, followed by an exciting daylong demo. Both events are open to the public.

The talk, “Glass in a New Light,” is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in MAGIC Spell Studios’ Wegmans Theater, with a reception in Bevier Gallery afterward. The demo — an engaging recreation of the initial days of the molten glass 3D printing project — is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 18, with a one-hour break starting at 1:30, in the glass hot shop (Booth Hall, room 3730).

This visit will expose students from various disciplines, inside and out of the College of Art and Design, to the innovative crossover between art, design, engineering and technology.

During the lecture, Houk, Lizardo and Stern will discuss their process, lessons from the multidisciplinary environment that made the project possible, the future of the technology and the relevant artistic, design, engineering and history elements that pertain to it.

The demo will connect to the talk by traveling back in time to 2014, when the molten glass 3D printer was a student project. The visiting artists, along with glass faculty and students, will use a vitrigraph kiln to investigate the methods of additive manufacturing processes through molten glass. All are welcome to observe and converse with the presenters.

In 2018, following their research in glass printing at MIT, Lizardo and Stern founded Lios, a design and technology collective creating a new space for artwork and products in digital glass.

Photo courtesy of Lios: A detailed look at the company's glass 3D printing process.

Susie Peck

Event Snapshot
When and Where
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
4:30 PM-6:00 PM
MAGIC Spell Studios
Wegmans Theater
Thursday, April 18, 2019
11:00 AM-4:30 PM
James E. Booth Hall
Room 3730

Open to the Public

Interpreter Requested


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