Benjamin Engel has designed and created a unique 3D printer that is capable of printing parts that allow it to expand in size and even self replicated if required allow you to expand the print volume and scale it up when required.
Check out the video below to learn more about the self replicating 3D printer which is taken to Kickstarter this week to raise the $50,000 requires to make the next step into production.
As you can see from the image above using a modular construction system the 3D printer is capable of expanding in size using modular blocks. Its creator explains more about its unique design and ability to expand.
Can your print a 3D printer? That question was our initial motivation. It was a question that needed to be answered. The RepRap project had printed parts, but it was still mostly metal. So we came up with a modular, scalable, and more printable 3D printer. Self replication puts the power of manufacturing in everyone’s hands. If you have a Dollo printer, it will change the conventional limitations of manufacturing at home. A Dollo 3D printer can make another Dollo 3D printer, and with our modular tool heads you can make that new Dollo into a CNC mill, or a laser cutter.
Since the Dollo is 3D printed it becomes self repairing, and self upgrading. This is even better since we are fully open sourcing the Dollo’s 3D models, and we are encouraging the community to contribute to the official Dollo files. If you can build with Lego, you can build the Dollo. With our experience in 3D printing we noticed that everyone thinks 3D printers are complicated, and thats because up till now it has been. All current printers have a lot of metal rods, a ton of different screws that are easy to mix up, and if you try to build one your self it would take a couple of days to assemble. Dollo can be assembled under an hour. Dollo 3D has 15 different 3D printed parts, and only 24 screws! This also helped us with our goal of being able to self scale.
For more information on the new Dollo 3D printer jump over to the Kickstarter website for details by following the link below.