Lockheed Martin filed a patent application for a 3D Printer that would be capable of printing synthetic diamonds. The defense and technology company is already known for 3D printing titanium satellite parts and other metal objects. The patent application indicates that the diamonds can be printed in any shape and that Polyhydridocarbyne a polymer is used along with ceramic powder during the printing process. The polymer and ceramic powder are alternately layered into fixed shapes by the printer. Those shapes are then compelled to undergo pyrolysis in order to have them crystalize into diamonds.
The patent also reveals that Lockheed Martin might intend to make drill bits, armor, saws, and other objects with the 3D printed synthetic diamonds.
*3D Printers that could print extremely complex objects are being researched and created. Lockheed Martin's printer is an example of how 3D Printing is changing the way people make things.