One of the latest solutions to arise in the 3D printing industry is large-scale printing. Large 3D printers are mostly based on FDM technology and by their nature affordable, easy to use and to maintain. The most popular available material is PLA; easily accessible and with few printing challenges. Additional materials are available with better mechanical properties for more advanced applications.
Now comes the obvious question: who could enjoy the benefits of large-scale 3D printing and what are the benefits of using it?
All parts below were printed with BigRep Large Scale 3D-Printing Technology
DESIGN & CONCEPT MODELING
Once size limitation is no longer a factor, large parts can be produced at very low cost to simulate large products. Post-processing will bring the final model closer to the original product, and some of printed elements can be used as an end-use product.
Bathtub after Post Processing
The Ocke Stool
Children’s Room Lamp
Shortens the time from idea to a full-scale prototype, compared to alternative non-3D printing manual techniques (working with wood, foams, fiberglass)
Considerable costs saving
Freedom to design unique geometries and to create tailor made products.
Printing of one large full-scale part or several individual parts that are assembled to a prototype of a large product or device.
Produce a prototype of the final part/product to perform fit-testing with other parts, design verification and basic functional testing
Accelerating design and manufacturing processes
Save costs compare to alternative solutions
Learn more about modeling, building and testing custom products fast and cost-efficiently.
ENTERTAINMENT & ADVERTISEMENT
This is another example of an industry that traditionally produces models and objects in a manual process using different techniques. Using a large-scale 3D printer enables the creation of unique marketing and promotional elements.
3d printed sign
Traditionally all parts and models in this industry are made manually. Large-scale 3D printing dramatically reduces manual labor, saves time and costs compared to traditional processes
Offers freedom of creativity to design and produce customized products and elements
With over 22 years in the printing industry, Gil Lavi is a Sr. 3D-Printing Specialist with vast experience in implementing diverse 3d-printing technologies in design and manufacturing processes.
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