Based out of Loveland, Colorado, Aleph Objects and their LulzBot 3D printing equipment have been steadily wrapping their tentacles around the 3D printing community for a few time now (and, as their new partnership with OpenBCI may hint at, around our heads, as well). Their homebase, which is called the Cluster, already houses over 140 active 3D printing equipment which operate for over 100 hours a week, all of which are working tirelessly to create new 3D printing device parts for LulzBot 3D printing equipment. After years of endless printing, the group of LulzBot 3D printing equipment have achieved really the milestone, printing out their one millionth 3D printing device part.
Inside of the Cluster
At the begin, it took Aleph Objects over two and a half years to print 500,000 printing device parts, but they now have the capability to match which production amount in only a single year. Unlike the 3D printed parts preceding it, this lucky one millionth production part, which is a sizeable herringbone gear, can be put on display at Aleph Objects to commemorate this special milestone.
The one-of-a-kind ‘self-production’ operation bringing place at the Cluster, which comes with both LulzBot TAZ and LulzBot Mini printing equipment, is inspired by the method pioneered by the RepRap Project. There’s a great reason Aleph Objects is via this method, too, as it is much additional low-cost and quicker than via traditional processes like injection molding.
“The alternative to having Cluster making those parts may be injection molding all things, but the injection molding cost for a die may be thousands of dollars and upward,” said Stan Middlekauff, the production supervisor at the Cluster. “With the Cluster now in place, the up-front cost has been paid for us to manufacture any type of part. Plus, if at any moment in time we require to alter a part, we can alter it quickly.”
LulzBot TAZ at the Cluster
But the Cluster may have a sizeable amount of 3D printing equipment working on-site, Aleph Objects’ base in addition serves as an educational component and experimentation platform for their R&D team. “On the R&D side, Cluster is itself a long-term test environment for complex conditions of our printing equipment to see durability and longevity, and in addition an individual piece-by-piece testing structure for any alters which require to be created or want to be created,” Middlekauff introduced.
As you can see, Aleph Objects has a rather solid reason to celebrate, as the one millionth part signifies additional than only another self-created 3D printing device part; it in addition demonstrates the expansive growth and technology which LulzBot has undertaken over the years. If you want to see the Cluster in action, Aleph Objects hosts a public company tour each Friday at 2 p.m. (Mountain time).