China seems to be one of the nations who are establishing themselves at the forefront of 3D printing innovation. Last month, it was reported that China has begun 3D printing full sized homes, and now there is news of something that may be even more incredible.
After 3 1/2 years of research and development, Sanya Industrial Innovation Design Center, in Sanya, China, has developed a 3D printer that, according to the company, is the largest of its kind. It also touts the ability to print in multiple and extremely affordable materials, print at high speeds, and in full color. The printer, weighs an incredible 15 tons and measures 6 X 3.5 X 3.5 meters in size (19’8″ X 11’6″ X 11’6″). This huge 3D printer can print in full color, and in many different materials.
This new 3D printer is capable of printing objects as large as 3.8 × 2.4 × 1.8 meters (approximately 12’6″ X 7’10″ X 5’11″) in size. Chen Min Qiao (translated) of Sanya Industrial Innovation Design Center, explained that these 3D printers are capable of printing large objects such as cars, boats, etc. By looking at the measurements of the build envelope, without a doubt it could print objects this size. Ming Qiao also explained that this new printer will have great benefits for a variety of applications including tourism, culture, exhibition models, scientific research, souvenirs, art furniture, garden rockery, home accessories and much more. … (Read more)