January 15, 2013

Joris Peels: 3D Printing Outside The Box

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Joris Peels of voxelfab proposes a radical idea for 3D printing: mobility. Inspired by Dirk van der Kooij 's Endless Chair, he envisions a 3D printer with a robot arm with an extruder attached to it.

quotemarksright.jpg So I was thinking…what if you took an industrial robot, mounted an extruder on it and then put the resulting 3D printer on a chassis of some sort? A bomb disposal robot for example or a tank. You add some simple AI and sensors, such as the ones needed for soccer playing robots. Add the 3D printing/robot arm software and perhaps a remote control kill switch. ...quotesmarksleft.jpg

Below, fabbaloo gives it a review.

quotemarksright.jpgPeels proposes to abandon the "build chamber" concept entirely and use a robot arm mounted on a moveable chassis. 3D printing has previously been done with robot arms, but providing mobility would permit the arm to reach infinitely, enabling building massive objects.

The resulting "printer" might look like Peels' concept "TankPlusArm" above.

We (Fabbaloo) like this idea and believe someone should give it a try, but we see a couple of challenges.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Image Dave on Flickr.

emily | 7:37 PM | 3D printers
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