On the tide of the hype around conveyor belt 3D printers, we are starting to list the emerging brands and their machines. Let’s put them together for comparison and check what is currently out there. Let us also reminisce the history of their development and see what can be produced on such 3D printers.
- Blackbelt 3D Printer
- Creality CR-30 – 3DPrintMill
- iFactory One
- Innovations Around Belt 3D Printer
- Where Belt 3D Printers Can Be Used
Belt 3D Printer Evolution – Brief History
3D printing was invented in the eighties, and later the Open-Source RepRap project gave a significant kick to it by building a self-replicating 3D printer. After that just in a dozen years, things went wild. Cartesian and delta 3D printers started to be mass-produced. Many more people got involved which led to a bigger contribution and further development of constantly evolving 3D printing. Conveyor belt 3D printers were introduced in the beginning of the last decade, but this type of machine only recently came under an intense spotlight.
Blackbelt 3D Printer
Blackbelt 3D printer was the first conveyor belt 3D printer we encountered live on TCT Show Birmingham. A mini kayak was an impressive make. The cable management system, of a few meters long, showcased the novel infinite-z possibilities. We liked the one 3D printed in TPU, we could bend it.
As the price tag implies (EUR 9,500 at the moment of writing this post) the blackbelt station, as it looks and feels like a station, was meant for professionals and workshops. Not many enthusiast makers and designers were able to try this machine out.
Blackbelt-3D – Website
Creality CR-30 – 3DPrintMill
Build Volume: 170mm/6.7″(H), 200mm/7.8″(W), Infinite(L)
Materials: PETG, PLA, ABS, ASA, TPU, PC, Nylon.
Belt Specifications: Nylon Conveyor Belt
An Infinite-Z volume 3D printer created by Naomi Wu and Creality3D, was built upon the work of Karl Brown and Bill Steele.
There should be no lack of reviews of this machine as many 3D printing-related YouTubers received machines to test before and in time for the campaign. Just on the Kickstarter page, you can find a dozen videos.
2,072 backers pledged $1,398,797 to help bring this project to life
Build Volume: 180mm/7″(H), 290mm/11.4″(W), Infinite(L)
Materials: PETG, PLA, ABS, ASA, TPU, PC, Nylon.
Belt Specifications: Durable polymer belt optimized for 3D printing
4-in-1 Conveyor Belt 3D Printer (Infinite Length, Serial Printing, Cloud Capable and Error Detection Software)
Yet another conveyor belt 3D printer was launched via Kickstarter by Artur Steffen and Martin Huber. An unknown German brand iFactory launched its campaign just a few weeks before Creality. Was it a coincidence or not, but massive social media and YouTube campaigns around Creality’s 3DPrintMill helped iFactory’s campaign to boost the pledges as well as reaching its goal twofold.
434 backers pledged $209,829 to help bring this project to life
Innovations Around Belt 3D Printer
In addition to the crowdfunding campaigns, we witnessed other innovative projects connected to conveyor belt 3D printers. Infinite Z opens the possibility to start uninterrupted production, giving hope to small businesses.
Well tunned belt 3D Printer is ideal for serial production.
(Video provided by Naomi Wu / Creality)
Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION
WASP, a delta 3D printers’ producer of all sizes, introduced the “Automatic 3D Print Removal System” for their Delta WASP 2040. Puzzled how could the belt works on a delta printer? Jump to a detailed blog with more pictures and videos.
Steel Roller 45 Upgrade Kit
A remarkable idea that unfortunately could not get the starting ground. The idea is simple – turn the existing 3D printer into a conveyor belt 3D printer with the Steel Roller 45 Upgrade Kit. We are not sure why this fundraising campaign didn’t hit the target. It could be that the pledges were too pricey or because of the timing of the launch, which coincided with Creality CR30 and iFactory One.
Where Conveyor Belt 3D Printers Can Be Used – What to 3D Print?
– 3D Printed Props. So far we’ve seen 3D printed swords as a game-changer for props makers. A real size sword can be sliced so it needs the minimal post-processing after 3D printing. One of the best examples is the sword 3D printed by Maker’s Muse.
– Big Letters. Filament Frenzy’s big letters were impressive. It is possible to 3D print letters one by one on cartesian type 3D printers with better quality, though. But if the belt 3D printer can be tuned well, the whole process can be much easier.
– 3D Reliefs and Portraits. One of the remarkable prints we saw on Twitter was the scene from The Star Wars where Hans Solo was frozen in carbonite 3D printed by Polyworshop.
To list all goodies, that can be 3D printed on belt 3D printers, may need a new blog. Stay tuned as finally, such 3D printers hit the masses, and we are likely to see a lot of interesting makes and even innovations in the near future.
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Choose a desktop 3D printer that is right for you. Build volume, FDM or SLA, well-known brand or a start-up – all to consider. The table helps to compare and make a comprehensive decision. It is regularly updated and maintained.
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