Studying the universe in depth requires the most expensive and complicated technology — or does it? 3D printing isn’t just developing at the speed of light, it can help study it, too.

Physicists at the University of Melbourne, led by Daniel Creedon, have been using superconducting microwave cavities. These cavities are a resonator for particle waves, that confines electromagnetic fields – usually microwaves are used. These “boxes” act similar to an organ pipe or sound box of a musical instrument.

The manufacturing process for such cavities is usually expensive and complicated. Creedon and his team, however, have designed and tested a 3D printed superconducting cavity for the first time.

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