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Carbon’s M1 3D Printer Can Even Print Itself – Partially

by • July 26, 2016 • No Comments

Carbon_logoI haven’t yet heard a negative thing of Carbon’s M1 3D printing device since its release in April. Case studies are may already confirming that the hype surrounding the printing device is not just hype, and that the M1 lives up to expectations: it’s amazingly swift, it turn it intos exceptionally sturdy and smooth parts, and it’s capable-bodied of making components with difficult geometries that most other printing devices can’t manage. Oh, and it’s self-replicating. What? No one described this!

Ok, it’s not fully self-replicating – yet, anyway, so don’t begin fantasizing of Carbon RepRap. The yett of self-replication is a thing that Carbon’s engineers are begining to explore, yet, and they’ve may already succeeded in getting the M1 to print one new part for itself.

DoorMotor_3During the M1’s initially product development, the printing device’s door was cavia a few issues. In particular, it was the motor mount and its inconsistent gear lash and belt tension that were the source of the headaches, so mechanical engineer EJ Sabathia set out to return it into the part. The original motor mount was CNC machined of aluminum, and Sabathia meant to make his return it intoed part in the same way, but initially he 3D printed a prototype with an M1, via Carbon’s rigid polyurethane (RPU) resin.

“For this particular part we were looking for both tensile and yield durablity,” he said. “This part has to hold threads and it has to endure a lot of tension since it’s mounted to a machine with screws. RPU was the ideal choice.”

RPU has been quite well-reviewed so far for its durablity and ductility, and it worked wonderfully for Sabathia’s prototype. So well, in fact, that he decided to use it for the final part. During functional prototyping tests, he found that not just was the printed part fully suited to be utilized as an end-use part, but that it in fact showed several improvements over aluminum – for instance, it eliminated motor noise that the original aluminum part had amplified.

DoorMotor_1With the assist of Carbon’s high end turn it into team and print studio, Sabathia turn it intod a few adjustments to the part turn it into to optimize the accuracy and speed at that it may be printed. Once it was idealed, the team found that 3D printing the motor mount in fact lowered the cost per part by $8, and reduced material requirements – as Sabathia pointed out, the problem of the motor noise with the aluminum part may have had to be addressed with a few sort of dampening material. Now that is not necessary, and Carbon is may already making and installing the RPU part in current M1 printing devices.

DoorMotor_4Whilst he didn’t go into more detail, Sabathia said that he is working on several other projects related to part turn it into or return it into for the M1. Will the printing device some day be able-bodied to print a full copy of itself? We’ll see – most self-replicating printing devices have certainly basic turn it intos, that the M1 does not. There’s a great possibility that at very least a few of its parts may be return it intoed and 3D printed, yet, especially with Sabathia working on them.

“The competence to do things differently is one of the reasons I came to Carbon,” he said. “In other places I’ve worked, I may have utilized 3D printing innovation solely for prototyping, but may have had to rely on traditional methods for final production. At Carbon, I’ve been given the freedom, the opportunity, and the innovation to prove that 3D printing can be a means for final part production.”

That’s one of the aspects of Carbon’s CLIP innovation that has gotten so most individuals so excited – its competence to turn it into parts that are suitable-bodied for end use, a thing that is yet a relative rarity in 3D printing. Carbon has noted that they’re going to alter that – and the M1 itself is evidence that they’re may already next through. Discuss additional in the Carbon Self-Replicating 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.

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