Additive manufacturing is typically performed by attaching one or more extruders to a three degree of freedom gantry system that either moves the extruder or the platform where the object is being created.

The entire system is typically housed in a frame that dictates the maximum size of the object created. However, the proposed Open House technology concept is significantly different than the typical additive manufacturing process.

After the initial methodology has been established and adopted within the community, the planned future versions proposed will expand to many unforeseen and even unintended use-cases, this is due to the nature of the flexible hardware setup which differs in three ways from conventional 3D printing technology.

First, the extruder is attached to a six degree of freedom a robotic arm that will allow optimization of the printing tool path, as well as providing flexibility in the interchangeability of the tools or end-effectors being wielded by the robot, which would define the capabilities of such a configuration.

Second, the robotic arm is attached to a telescoping lift that regulates the vertical and horizontal extension. Allowing for wider parts to be printed in a single pass, and to provide the vertical lift when needed.

 

Third, the lift is then attached to an omnidirectional mobile platform capable of changing directions in an instant, retaining
the main functionality and manufacturing capabilities of a 3D printer.

Prototype, early mockup - Future concept

 

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