Hardware Development for large format additive manufacturing
Beginning with an idea to use large scale low resolution printing as a means for sustainable and economically competitive manufacturing, we designed, fabricated, tested, and iterated our own hardware over the course of 2016-2019. This included two major versions of our initial printing platform, V1 (2016) and V2 (2018). As applications are developed and tested for these machines, they are continually updated to improve performance and solve material challenges. Below is an overview of significant moments from the hardware development process over the past 2+ years.
The focus of the V1 machine was to create a minimum viable product serving as a proof of concept for our large format 3d printing workflow. After fabricating this machine we used and modified it for 18mo, developing objects as well as the criteria for a V2 machine.
The focus of the development of version 2 was to 10x functionality and performance of the V1 machine to allow for faster prototyping and production of objects
Pellet extruder detail V1 & V2: