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Ridgeback Takes 3D Printing to the Next Level

Written by David

February 7, 2019

How can you print something larger than the printer itself? That’s the problem researchers Xu Zhang, Mingyang Li, Quang-Cuong Pham, and others set out to solve at the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Their solution: mounting the 3D printers on a pair of Ridgeback mobile robots , who work together to print different sections of the same part. Impressively, the robots work at the same time and in overlapping workspaces. In fact, the paper , published in August 2018, marks the first time a large concrete structure has ever been 3D-printed by multiple robots concurrently! 3D printers go mobile Most 3D printing systems lack scalability: Gantry-based systems—in which a cartesian robot moves inside a cage—are large and inefficient. To print a meter-long structure, for instance, you’d need a cage of at least 1 meter cubed. This massive […]

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