Tag: Multimode

Single & Multimode Silica Optical Fibers Drawn from 3D Printed Preforms

In the recently published, ‘Silica optical fiber drawn from 3D printed preforms,’ the authors created single and multimode fibers that can be used to create designs and parts for a range of networks, likely related to telecommunications and Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Researchers investigated created a silica preform through both 3D printing and thermal processing—no small feat, considering it requires temperatures over T = 1900 ℃. To avoid this issue, the researchers tried using a lower melting polymer—a hybrid polymer-glass mix—via DLP printing.