The initially proposed working prototype is a simplified machine which purpose initially, is to create basic geometries and begin testing material recipe properties in lab environments while using different 3D printing logistics and employing conventional methodologies.
The Omnididact consists of an octagonal omnidirectional mobile platform with a mechanical paste extruder attachment and/or a pellet plastic extruder, retaining the option to install conventional extruders for a variety of different materials, it boasts a z-axis max reach of 12” and a maximum part radius with solid infill of ~24”
This platform is designed with some limitations, but making it accessible is Important due to the possible entrepreneurial use the community can benefit from, this will enable more users with the resources needed to learn the technology and commit to using it for business and manufacturing purposes.
While several companies are currently working on the additive manufacturing of concrete, Petricor is also researching other avenues. They know that innovation doesn’t have to be a new product, they can improve on something that is currently available.
To do that, they need to establish baseline performance data to assess how currently available materials will perform and how cost-effective they will be.
This research is important because if successful, the transformative impact would lead to novel 3D printing techniques and ultra-rapid construction times.
The goal of this effort is to begin introducing these new paradigms to the current additive manufacturing community as an affordable piece of equipment that is modular and that can be repurposed or upgraded. Tapping into the community’s resources and ideas is vital to accelerate the Open House adoption and increase its technological reach.
The investigation of robot swarm techniques for collaborative 3D printing is an exciting emergent field eager to be explored.
The test environment is currently being developed with custom software, custom web server & hardware.
The materials currently being investigated for this use case are clays, cement, pastes, resins, polymers and recycled materials, such as cardboard, metal, glass, paper, plastic and biological materials like bacteria, plants or fungus. A secondary task is to further develop these materials and create standard recipes that can be used with this technology for different purposes, building techniques, and for the different climates of the world.