fabmaker relies on proven linear guide components for 3D printers
Technology-oriented start-up businesses are more daring than others in deploying emerging technologies in new, marketable products. This is also true of fabmaker GmbH, Braunschweig, who have developed a 3D printer for educational purposes. When choosing the functional elements and components for their "educational printer", the staff headed by managing director Dean Ćirić rely on industry-proven products and services as demonstrated by the collaboration between fabmaker and igus®.
In principle, 3D printing is the continuation of stereolithography, a process developed 30 years ago, that was rebranded as "Rapid Prototyping" by resourceful software developers in the mid-1990s. But in the meantime 3D printers provide much more than just prototypes used by developers to exchange views on the functions, the design and the haptics of their creations. Chinese companies now use 3D printing to produce large-scale construction segments that can be put together to form detached houses just like Lego blocks. A roof over your head for around 7,000 euros; but only in China, however...
"There was a lot of hype about 3D printing around three years ago," explains Daniel Kerlin, who is responsible for marketing and sales at fabmaker. "That was the point at which we said that this technology is ready for the market. All that needs to be done is to introduce it to people. Pupils at primary and secondary schools, apprentices in businesses, students and colleges and universities should be able to learn about all the things that are possible with this technology. So it became our objective to develop a 3D printer with two printer heads that is easy to operate and that works safely and reliably to produce professional results thanks to its technical properties and software. And in order to be able to process filaments either in two colours or of two different materials, our 3D printer had to have two printer heads. “