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Forget Guns, 3-D Print Yourself An Invisibility Cloak Instead

While the world worries about 3-D-printed guns, Duke University has developed a technique for 3-D printing a type of invisibility cloak.

Forget Guns, 3-D Print Yourself An Invisibility Cloak Instead

A researcher at Duke university, with the support of the U.S. Army Research Office, has developed a technique for printing an invisibility “cloak” on a standard plastic 3-D printer.

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The cloak resembles a frisbee with complex holes in it, each of which is carefully positioned so that microwave beams are deflected through them in a way that makes the cloak “transparent” to microwaves. It can thus hide an object (like a highly reflective metal can) from the incoming microwave energy–meaning, of course that it’s only “invisible” to this sort of radiation.

But the team is confident that as 3-D printing tech advances quickly over the coming years, the same technique can be extended to work for higher wavelengths, including visible light. Harry Potter: Eat your heart out.

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