Automated build platform
Sometimes people want to print a lot of parts.
Most current 3D printers print one bed of parts and then stop, waiting for a benevolent human to pull the parts off and start the next bed of parts.
In theory, it would be pretty nice if somehow the printer could continuously print parts without human intervention. Somehow automatically eject finished printed parts and make room to start printing more parts.
Alright bear with me, this page will be updated soon with some more info. I do understand it's the bare minimal right now.
My plan is to come up with an Automated Build Platform for the (Longboat) Prusa RepRap 3D Printer. I'll order mine soon after i finish my Chamber of Commerce papers.
My big example for the Automated Build Platform will be the one from Makerbot:
Right now I'm still in the planning phase and I'll really get going once my Prusa gets in. I have a Trotec Speedy 100 lasercutter at my disposal and a CNC shouldn't be hard to come by so I'm confident that I'll be able to at least build the thing. How I'm going to make the ABP communicate with the printer is a different story but I'm sure there are plenty of smart people in this community that can help out with that.
For now; Greetings!
- "One more robotic 3D-printer/assembler" describes some ideas for automatically separating finished printed parts from the platform and preparing the platform for printing the next part.
- New Valence Robotics. "A fully automated 3D printer designed for schools" automatically removes parts after they have been printed, then begins the next part without any human interaction.
- thesis by Øivind Brockmeier: "AUTOMATED LOADING AND UNLOADING"