This is the era that has redefined printing through the 3D technology. With this new technology, the fairly simple device has a lot to offer. Initially, printing was done by spraying ink on a paper but this new technology puts layer upon layer to make a 3D object.
China, as we know, has captivated the majority of the market globally with the products and services it seeks to offer. In a similar manner, they have captivated the 3D printer market and have vowed to produce the world’s largest 3D printer. According to a recent report, Dalian University of Technology has published a notification regarding the development of the largest printer in the world capable of rendering 3D objects.
The specification of this printer is as follows, the huge laser printer capable of producing 3D objects has a total volume of almost 1.8m3. It also seeks to cut down the time taken to process to 35%. Moreover, the printer also has a “contour scanning” option that assists in cutting down on the cost required to manufacture. In comparison to other 3D printers, this would reduce the operational costs by almost 40%.
The makers of this printer explained that the reason behind the reduction in costs and time is that it only seeks to make the outline of the objects, unlike other printers that make a solid surface layer. Once the basic structure of the object is ready then the object is treated in a furnace to retain its shape.
Another benefit of this printer is that it utilizes industrial grade sand in order to print the object out. This is found at a rate of $163 per ton, so maybe you won’t just get the largest printer in the world from China but also function with the cheapest material.
Moreover, there have been other developments across the globe. Now there is a 3D concrete printer that makes complete houses in less than 24 hours. The printer takes in information from the architect, uses cement and rubble. This shows the extent to how much a 3D printer can do.
Hence, in a nutshell, these printers have the capability to offer affordability, innovation, customization and restructuring options. These printers can give a major setback to many industries globally so beware, the future of printing might just give you a fairly tough time.