Why has 3D Platform developed such a large 3D printer?
Industry need was the primary driver in developing a large format printer. Engineers needed a printer that was capable of producing an object larger than what was previously limited on a desktop printer. They needed a printer to create real world prototypes and production parts that ordinary desktop 3D printers could not. They also needed that machine to be affordable—$300,000+ (USD) was too much!
Capitalizing on extensive expertise in bearings, linear motion systems and cartesian robots, our engineering team created the first open market, large format 3D printer. This first-generation machine was introduced in 2014, using the SIMO series technology from PBC Linear.
In the video above, one of our engineers reiterates the genesis of the large format 3D printer.
At the time, a lot of our 3D printers were very small footprints, and most of the products and parts that we wanted to print just simply would not fit on the printer. So, we decided to come up with a large 3D printer that could not only do a one-meter by one-meter print, but also run production parts. Initially, we had a customer that came to us with a small production run involving a prototype. The print run was successful in that we were able to print it all on one print bed. -- Joe, Development Engineer