Conveyor Belt 3D Printers

Best Conveyor Belt 3D Printers in 2021

On the tide of the hype around conveyor belt 3D printers, we are starting to list 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.

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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.

Blackbelt 3D Printer
Blackbelt Station on TCT Show
(Image: 3DWithUs)

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.

Sources:
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

CR-30 Belt 3D Printer
Creality CR-30 – 3DPrintMill
(Image: Creality)

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.

iFactory One

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

iFactory One 4-in-1 Conveyor Belt 3D Printers
IFactory One 3D Printers Featured in Campaign
(Image: iFactory)

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

Sources:
iFactory – Kickstarter Campaign
iFactory – Website

Powerbelt3D Zero

Build Volume: 150mm/5.9″(H), 200mm/7.9″(W), Infinite(L)
Materials: PETG, PLA, ABS, ASA, TPU, PC, Nylon.
Belt Specifications: Formula32 – Polyester (PET) tape top-layer

Powerbelt3D Conveyor Belt 3D Printer
Formula32 Belt 3D Printer (Image: Powerbelt3D)

A small company, run by Adam Fasnacht, offers a competitively priced belt 3D printer. According to the Powerbelt3D website, this 3D printer was created for the open source community makers. In their shop, you can find a Formula32 belt that can be bought separately for DIY projects. Adam also runs a YouTube channel where he publishes videos on how to setup Powerbelt3D in IdeaMaker and about belt 3d printers in general.

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.

Delta WASP 2040 PRODUCTION
Automatic 3D Print Removal System
(Image: WASP)

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.

DIY Upgrade Kit for Ender 3

Michael Sgroi published on Thingiverse the files for upgrading Ender 3 to the so-called Enderloop. At the moment of updating this post, v2 files are available to download for free. It is recommended to buy the most crucial part – the belt – from PowerBelt3D online store. To showcase his DIY project, Michael used Ender 3 and CR-6 SE 3D printers.

EnderLoop - Creality Ender 3 Turned into Belt 3D Printer
EnderLoop – Ender 3 Turned into Belt 3D Printer (Photo: Michael Sgroi)

Wall Mounted Belt 3D Printer

An active Twitter and 3D printing community member @repkord installed his 3DPrintMills to the wall. This is a genially great idea to save space, especially if you run a 3D printer farm. In his mini video @repkord showcases how a belt 3D printer continuously produces identical parts. @repkord is very experienced in running 3D printer farms and this is just another case that proves that it is possible to run a business successfully with desktop 3D printers.

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 (box) 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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