3D Printing Outside the Box

robot, 3d printingJoris Peels proposes a radical idea for 3D printing: mobility. Longtime Fabbaloo readers will be familiar with the concept of a “build chamber” in which extruders or other printing mechanisms move about to create an object. The build chamber is based on the mechanical concept of three axes of movement, but it has a major limitation: objects must fit within the build chamber. If not, the extruder would have to “leave” the build chamber. That’s not mechanically possible.

Peels proposes a different approach: abandon the “build chamber” concept entirely and use a robot arm mounted on a moveable chassis.

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