TU Delft is working on another way of printing




Print runs since years now through a normal xyz table, the printer prints linear and line by line a command. The new 3D printers that have come in recent years have brought no change in that process. At TU Delft, however, they are working to change the printing process by means of a robotic arm and a laser scanner. This can be used not only the printing time drastically shortened, but can be also printed on existing, curved objects. In contrast to existing printers, which can print only along straight lines, the robot arm can move along back surfaces.

Jeroen Kruit, now graduated, worked for a year on a prototype of this concept and managed to run smoothly. Already some successful tests Yet the printer is far from finished, further research should result in the TU Delft within a few years a fully working model features.


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