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Autodesk’s Project Escher Software is Super Fast 3D Printing for Large-Scale Objects

by • March 31, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_fusion360_autodesk_logoOne of the drawbacks to via 3D printing for making is the time that it takes to print every object. When a product is being weight generated, standard injection molding can create the part in seconds, while a similarly shaped object frequently takes hours to 3D print. And the dimensionsabler the object, the longer that it takes to print. For a truly dimensionsable-scale object like a full-dimensionsd car or the blade of a turbine it takes days, actually weeks depending on how much material is being utilized. Despite 3D printing being awe-inspiring innovation, the way that it already works only makes it impractical for a lot of industrial or weight production applications.

As with a lot of the problems that face 3D printing, Autodesk believes that the most way to solve it — in this case to optimize and speed up the process — is only a matter of developing the right software. Project Escher is the Northern California-based software developer’s take on to do only that. The Project Escher software is an high end control innovation that was created to coordinate the movements of an entire bank of 3D printing heads. When these multiple printing heads are tied together, the Project Escher software can get them to work in unison to print massive objects all at the same time, that exponentially speeds up the printing process.3dp_projectescher_printing

A 3D printing device that is regulated by the Project Escher software can print a dimensionsable object via its multiple printheads up to 80% to 90% additional efficiently than printing it with a single printhead. For every printhead that is networked together, the entire printing process is sped up, so if the 3D printing device has five printing devices and so the entire object can be printed four to four and a half times faster than if a single printing device did it. The control and coordination of the printing heads is so exact that the entire massive part is printed together, with every head laying layers of plastic down on top of every other’s layers so all things can end up as a single conclude piece.

The Project Escher regulated 3D printing device.

The Project Escher-regulated 3D printing device.

When a massive part needs to be 3D printed, the Project Escher software takes the 3D version and divides it up into individual parts for every printhead, called a “bot”. Each individual part is and so assigned to a specific bot and and so sliced as normal. When the printing process begins, every bot can be interlacing their layers together while avoiding every other throughout the process. According to Autodesk there are no limits to the number of bots that can be connected, so there virtually is no limit to the dimensions of the object that can be printed. The bots are suspended over the printing surface with a gantry, and it can hold a limitless number of printheads or, according to Autodesk, approximately any kind of robotic arm or toolhead.

Autodesk calls every bot a conductive player, and likens them to participants of an orchestra that can be playing individually, but in service of a coordinated effort to blend several individual sounds together. Obviously the Project Escher software is not for the PC or hobbyist market, but is intended as an industrial application. The software can be utilized in a wide variety of industrial settings, so dimensionsable-scale parts that may typically take days can be done in hours. And for the reason there is no cost for customization, every dimensionsable part that is 3D printed can be customized for a specific user or application.

The Project Escher Software can control multiple printheads to coordinate their efforts and speed up the printing process.

The Project Escher Software can control multiple printheads to coordinate their efforts and speed up the printing process.

Here is a video describing Project Escher and demonstrating the giant five-printhead 3D printing device that they created to test it:

Beyond 3D printing, the software can control any type of toolhead that can be supported by the gantry. That means that potentially dimensionsable parts may be wired, have conductive filaments printed into them, or actually have a pick and place arm included to embed electronics into the object as it is being printed. The software can control an entire assembly line, and that assembly line can be created versatile adequate that approximately anything can be fabricated on it via a wide variety of materials, tools and components. Project Escher is turning 3D printing into a one stop making process, and there are virtually no limits to what it can do. You can find out additional of Project Escher here. Discuss additional in the Project Escher & 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.