3D printing has the potential to democratize manufacturing. However the capabilities of 3D printers are limited by requirement of human operation. The need of manual part removal prevents 3D printers from being used for mass production purposes. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to build a 3D printer that can print a constant stream of parts without user interaction. The finished machine is capable of independently ejecting and starting print jobs. The WorkHorse 3D Printer allows any small business, organization, and person to leverage the power of a factory.
I want hackers to easily be able to add this hack to their 3D printers. I am excited by the idea of makers setting up small scale factories. Making this technology easily accessible will lead to an explosion of what people can make with their 3D printers.
Therefore, the robotic ejection module is designed to be easily integratable with other 3D printers. All of the conveyor module components can be 3D printed. All of the electronics used are standard 3D printing electronics. This means that anyone with an opensource 3D printer is able to retrofit their machine with this mechanism.
Track: Cover of Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore
Music Provided by Vaughn Renner
A lot of the components used in this project, I got for free from the nice folks at Hictop. Feel free to check them out at this link: https://www.hic3dprinter.com/