27 Jun '16, 11pm

Automating 3D Printers With Robots

While an arm is cool, an XYZ robot and a flat wall of printers would be more efficient. This would also allow for easy, endless expandability: Want to add another 8 printers – just make one or more axis longer. With the arm, the radius/circumference limits how many printers you could have arranged, especially considering you need a pathway for the empty boxes, box loading, and filled boxes to exit. Also, constantly checking the LCDs on each printer and using a 7+ axis robot seems a bit silly – surely there’s a way to program the printers to communicate when they are done with a job, either as a communication over a network or something as simple as setting a gpio pin high. While this is a great proof of concept and successfully executing the idea surely took a lot of time and effort, I think if this idea were to take off, the end product would be a much more integrated com...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2016/06/27/automating-3d-printers-wit...

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