Later this week at Maker Faire Rome, Italy-based Robot Factory will be presenting its new Sliding-3D system, which uses a conveyor belt as an essentially limitless build platform.The company is the latest to try out the new 3D printers, which have grown in popularity over the past few years as it has implemented 3D printing of long parts with the help of conveyor belts.
This new desktop 3D printer, which uses thermoplastic material extrusion, makes it possible to 3D print, uninterrupted, very long objects, due to an infinite build platform and a 45° extruder. The Sliding 3D can simplify the production of small collections, allow for the creation of functional prototypes and help companies restructure their production processes.
When other large 3D printers do exist, they often need to be operated to remove completed parts and prepare for additional printing.The Sliding-3D's conveyor belt negates this – whenever a print is completed, another job will begin and 3D printing can continue, without needing an operator to take care of anything. The belt moves forward until the completed print rolls off and into a collection basket underneath the 3D printer's front roller.