The 3D Printer That Grows

3D Printing & Imaging
The 3D Printer That Grows

For many of you out there, you recall the idea that a 3D printer could -in theory – 3d print itself. That’s more or less the basis of the whole RepRap project that most home based 3d printers were born out of. This project takes that concept and turns it at a new angle! It can print itself, while it prints the product!

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What does that mean, to print itself? in this case, the printer is basically a flat machine with a very limited vertical ability. However, as it prints the item you want, it also prints a vertical gantry allowing it to be as tall as needed. This sounds somewhat confusing and difficult, and that’s because it is!

Not only can this printer make its own z-gantry as it prints, it can theoretically make even larger versions of itself. I personally never really liked the whole concept of a printer printing itself because I’m a pretty literal person and I know that all it can actually do is print a few plastic parts required for a printer, not the electronics, rods, etc. However, if you’re going to claim you’re self replicating, this angle of being able to make a bigger version each time is very interesting.

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