If you own a 3D printer you will already know how annoying it can be if a 3D print job fails near the end of it’s printing cycle. To help correct this issue students at MIT have this week unveiled a new solution they have created
Using a laser attached to the 3D printing head the MIT team hope they will help 3D printing machines restart at the place they finished when the error occurred.
MIT students, Claudio V. Di Leo, Louise E. van den Heuvel, and Sumant S. RaykarHave designed a system that uses a laser equipped printhead to scans the object after each layer is printed.
Using the laser the new system is capable of scanning the 3D printed object, by calculating its shape and recording the print state of the object, just in case a failure should occur. Allowing it to restart at the error point once the issue has been fixed, without the need to restart the entire 3D print job.
The system was created using a Solidoodle 3D printer but can be adapted to be used on any 3D printer and the materials only cost the team around $60 and all the parts are available over the counter. Check out the video below to see the system in action.
The MIT students have now finished their research on the system and are currently preparing the details to be made available via open source for other to carry forward. For more information on the new MIT 3D printing correction system jump over to the 3D Printing Industry website for details.
Source: Tech Crunch
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