Big 3D Printed Machines
Attending the TCT 2017 show back in September last year we saw some fantastic ideas and concepts within the 3D Industry from scanners to printers and materials to automated robots. There was no shortage of the WOW factor. The event packed out the entire hall 12 of the NEC complex in Birmingham and they were not short of some big 3D printing machines. In recent months I have payed close attention to the industry and there have been some fantastic new machines serving different industries. We take a look at some of these big and brilliant machines.
First of all, we look at a French company ‘Mobbot’ who’s award winning founder Agnes Petit is making ripples within the construction sector. Their 3D printing design system (seen below) is capable of printing concrete structures, eradicating the need for wooden supports. The robot increases productivity and allows freedom of design through digital creation. The ability to create smooth and precise concrete structures makes this an exciting project. With clear cost saving implications and speedy production, this 3D Printing Machine could be coming to a construction site near you.
Big 3D printing machines are often associated with advance 3D materials like nickel-based super alloys or stainless-steel metals, however not this machine. The ‘Box’ 3D printer from ‘BLB Industries’ uses Fused Granular Fabrication to print raw plastic granules. These materials are similar to the PLA and ABS filaments we manufacture here in the UK, however are at the stage before they are turned into actual filaments. With a printing capacity of 1500×1100 mm, a new kitchen chair would be no problem for this advanced 3D Printing machine. Capable of printing 6kg of material an hour this certainly is a big 3D Printing machine.
Finally, we take a look at the biggest and most exciting machine yet. This 3D printer has opened the door for additive manufacturing within maritime construction. The unique 3D printing machine used a customized building strategy to create the world first certified 3D printed propeller. The ‘WAAMpeller’ as its know was designed by ‘Promarin’ and manufactured by specialists at ‘RamLab’. This one of kind bespoke design took several days to manufacture printing round the clock and making its way through 2.6 kilometres of nickel aluminium bronze filament. Check out the video below to see for yourself.