One-to-One is a project about 3D printing at larger scales. There are many projects
that deal with DIY 3D printing in general but most only deal with small scale
objects and at slow speeds. This project intends to move beyond the typical
sizes and material to allow large, full scale, usable objects to be created. Large
printing is not new but it is rare and expensive. This project intends to bring
the same type of easy to build, easy to use printers that are emerging but to
the next level in size and speed. A few areas of the current technology will be
addressed in order to make printing at larger scale more feasible.
first is mechanics, what size, speeds, and precision should be achieved.
dealing with larger objects size is important. The initial prototype will have
a print bed of around 36” x 60” x 36” (L x W x H) but that is only to start
with. The goal for the printer in the long term is to be able to get up to
scales of 48” x 96” and beyond.
build times are critical in order to
make the technology a viable alternative to other manufacturing methods. A
significant amount of time will be devoted to significantly speeding up build
times by using new methods and technologies.
becomes an important factor at large scale. Current 3D printing targets small
scale high precision such as in the medical or jewelry industries. Is that kind
of micro scale detail needed? This project will look at the appropriate
precision for larger scale objects.
prototype will be a UV resin based system. This type of system will allow a lot of
flexibility in what can be achieved to transform the standard resins into
something more suitable for everyday use. There are a few important aspects
that will be critical with the formulation of the material.
first is trying to make the material more eco-friendly. There are alternatives
to traditional UV resin that are bio based. Also the resin can be easily
recycled and turned into new things when you are done.
is an item that most projects do not bother with but if you are making object
for use such as wall systems, furniture, ceilings, doors, exterior cladding and
many other contraction related items then the material has to be fire resistant
and code complaint. Resin is also easy to work with when using additives to
allow the material to pass all required tests.
material will have to be strong and usable. By using fiber additives and other
methods the structural properties can be adjusted to meet the needs that a
usable object would require.
Is it open ?
YES! All research into the material, mechanics and other related
finds will be published for all to see. If you are a non-profit such as an
individual or educational institute you can build you own machine and use it as
much as you want.
all applicable research, plans, software and other related items will be licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.