6 Axis 3D printer

Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 in 3D Model, hacks by DP

One common theme amongst 3D printers is that most of them print layer by layer. The printing is normally started on a flat build platform and grows from there. This is limiting though since with this limitation you would not be able to do things such as build a design around a curved platform or on an irregular surface. This 6 Axis prototype 3D printer changed that by giving the depositing head freedom to move in 6 axis of motion. Of course this would increase the complexity of the printer and the end cost but could this be where all 3D printers are in 5 years? I have heard that some of the basic 3D printers with the standard flat stage and XY print movement can be a pain to calibrate, I wonder how much more dificult it would be to calibrate a 6 axis system?

Via Hacked Gadgets.

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3 Responses to “6 Axis 3D printer”

  1. Anty says:

    That’s why you have powder 3D printers…

  2. JBeale says:

    This would be useful if you wanted to build a continuous-filament fiber-reinforced composite, though. I notice the video shows only a single layer starting, not actually building up a volume.

  3. Alan says:

    They show printing on the surface of a bottle, but fail to rotate the bottle. The ability to rotate the surface would have been nice. Which leads to the question: how important is the surface platform you build on, to the final product?

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