We are not the only ones crazy about lasers. Here is a different use for them.
MIT has a new 3D printer method that (hopefully) will make it to consumers.
They showed it in real time with a small video. Rated as 10 times faster than today’s printers.
I like to think that is a big red bumper on the print head. It is really banging around on that print bed.
One of the reasons it is so quick is it uses a laser to fast melt the material, and therefore needed a much faster feed method and motion control to keep up.
Nice cool new tech, but in the long run it will just be another 2 year or longer wait for those of us who are interested (sigh).
I spoke to a bunch of those enthusiasts at MFNY. Even they seem to agree with that statement. But they also seem to see several advances around the corner that will make it far more inviting to the masses. It was really interesting to talk to them.
Got a couple of M2s. They’re FDM, but only require leveling once a year or so. Very solid stable machines. Super accurate and aside from the initial setup, practically zero maintenance. (Well you might clog a nozzle with crap in the filament once in a while, but they’re eight bucks to replace - I just keep a couple on hand so I don’t have to mess with cleaning the nozzle out.)
Haven’t used them in a year, thanks to playing with the laser. Guess I ought to sell one and clear some space.
I agree, I spent two years designing and building high end 3d printers and tried a lot of the others on the market. They all have their issues and I can’t even express how many hours I spent on the phone trouble shooting people’s printers who started acting up… I still have nightmares