1000 - The Big Daddy of 3D Printers
The Objet 1000, for giant 3D Printing - well big anyway, with a
1000x800x500mm build tray.
This is an industrial machine which pushes the benchmark, the video
sums it up pretty well.
Close up look at Objet 1000 at EuroMold 2012
We've included the following video for pure comedy value, one of
the cheesiest promo videos we have ever seen - still it get's the
Although this is a biggie we're sure that in years to come this
will be just a run of the mill baby as 3D Printing moves into larger
print jobs like building houses, cars, robots, etc. Or perhaps things
will get smaller, no need for a large frame, perhaps a 3D Printer
combined with climber robotics - it continually climbs up the structure
it's printing then jumps off when it's at the top. Or, perhaps a
hover version, hmmm, even better - only time will tell how this
will industry will evolve! :)
UPDATE (December 2012): We've just come across
one bigger! :) The Voxeljet VX 4000, capable of 4000x2000x1000mm!
Is there a bigger one still somewhere out there? :)
Kind of - we also came across this one, currently just a concept
however, nicknamed SpiderBot - such a cool name so extra points
just for that ;) This is a new type of large scale 3D Printer which
uses cables to suspend a print head, the cable are supported by
large surrounding structures such as poles, trees or buildings.
The huge advantage of SpiderBot is obviously build size, however
it's also printer size - it can be much smaller than current large
scale printers however print much larger structure. One disadvantage
currently is due to the cabling setup it will only be able to print
light weight materials, so not concrete or metal (I'm sure they'll
find a solution, perhaps some spider legs? ;). The project is being
undertaken by Ben Peters of MIT Media Lab, we would love to see
this go into production, I'm sure we will see this or something
similar in the not so distant future.
This SpiderBot story is covered in more detail on the following
Large Scale 3D printer
(Website: BNPeters.com - Ben Peters website *****
Concept May Greatly Expand 3D Build Volumes
Up With the Spiderbot 3D Printer