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Giant Multi-Headed 3D Printer Can Create Massive Objects in One Pass – Gizmodo

by • March 23, 2016 • No Comments

Giant Multi-Headed 3D Printer Can Create Massive Objects in One PassThe trade-off of an low-cost 3D printing device is which they’re usually tiny and can just create tiny objects. To manufacture a thing big, you have to break it down into tinyer parts initially. But Autodesk has come up with a advantageous approach: a 3D printing device with multiple heads which all work together to churn out huge designs.
Called Project Escher, the hardware is additional like an assembly line of 3D printing devices than a single machine. Instead of passing an object of one print head to the future when its job is done, the printheads can intelligently work together to speed up the creation of an object, or every head can work on various areas so which larger prototypes can be created in one run.

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Project Escher’s printheads are modular too and can be swapped out for various purposes. So while four of them are occupied printing away, the fifth may be swapped for a milling head which removes assist structures or other 3D-printed components which are just necessary for the printing system. One of the printheads may actually be swapped for a robot hand which repositions a part or instantly removes it of the machine once the printing system is conclude.

For now the project seems to be an Autodesk research initiative additional than anything, but it’s a brilliant approach to 3D printing which takes advantage of the components in additional low-cost machines, while overcoming the dimensions limitations which frequently plague cheaper hardware.

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[Project Escher via Make]


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