I have finished a rough CAD mock up of my third prototype autonomous 3D printer.
[Figure 1: WorkHorse 3D Printer Mk. 3 Rough CAD]
The printer features a hybrid delta-conveyor belt design. The linkage system provides the X and Z Axes movement and the Conveyor Belt provides the Y Axes movement. The design change greatly reduces the complexity of the mechanism.
I plan to allow the printer to print at an angle to provide infinite build volume functionality.
A common aspiration of open source 3D printers is to be able to print all the components required for a printer. This allows the machine to be self replicating. With the new prototype 3D printer, hackers will finally be able to print long structural extrusion pieces.
[Figure 2: Prototype Should be Able to Print Structural Pieces as Seen Above]
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