The 3D printing market is constantly expanding, with new devices being released almost every day and bringing this technology closer to widespread use. Gigabot is one of the latest such products: a personal 3D printer that allows users to print much larger pieces at home.
The Gigabot is developed by Austin-based startup re:3D and has already raised over $200,000 on Kickstarter. The project is advertised as being the first personal 3D printer that can output larger items and more objects in a single batch.
This 3D printer is more expensive than other products on the market, but the manufacturers hope the price will not deter potential buyers from purchasing the largest 3D printing technology available for personal use. For $2,750, you can purchase a Gigabot kit, while for $4,000, you will get a completely pre-assembled unit.
Gigabot has a 24 cubic inch build envelope (60.9 cubic cm) and a 100 micron layer resolution capacity. This means you will be able to print your items in great detail, no matter how large they are. And its huge build envelope will allow you to print the objects in one go, unlike most current printers that require you to break bigger objects into smaller parts and then assemble them manually.
The printer itself is pretty large, measuring 34 inches (86.4 cm) wide, 34 inches deep and 36 inches (91.4 cm) tall, but the manufacturers are looking at ways to make it a bit smaller without having to reduce the build envelope. Gigabot primarily uses PLA for printing, as the present model is not provided with a heated build plate.
Re:3D hopes the Gigabot will serve as a platform for future 3D printing developments, given that its size and design allow the device to be personalized and adapted to various uses. This 3D printer presents users with endless printing opportunities, enabling the creation of various items, from decorations and toys to developing prosthetic prototypes or highly complex tech parts.
Check out this video to see how the Gigabot works:
[Image via Kickstarter]