When it comes to the build size of a 3D printer, if you ask most individuals as well as businesses, it’s a feature which should never have a limit. It seems like every 3D printer manufacturer out there tries to provide the largest build volume at the best price possible. At the same time though, only a printer so large can fit within the confines of an apartment, house, or manufacturing facility, thus there will be some physical limitations we may eventually run into. That doesn’t seem to have happened quite yet.
Just two weeks ago we reported on the worlds largest delta style 3D printer, created in Japan by a company called Genkei. Standing at a staggering 13 feet tall, this printer was by far the largest known delta printer on earth. The keyword here is ‘was’. Just this week, an Indiana based 3D printer manufacturer called SeeMeCNC revealed what looks to be the new, largest 3D Delta printer on the planet.
The SeeMeCNC Partdaddy stands a staggering 15 feet tall, and as you can see by the video at the bottom of this article, it was not easy to maneuver the machine within the company’s workshop. The printer will be capable of building objects of extremely large size, via pellets of plastic, not traditional spooled filament. The fact that pellets can be used, will certainly save the end user of such a machine a tremendous amount of money, as plastic pellets are substantially cheaper than spools of 3D printer filament. The extruder will feature a swappable nozzle with diameters of 6.35 or 7.25mm depending on the accuracy one would like within their prints.
Objects close to 10 feet high with a diameter of approximately 4 feet will be able to be constructed in one single piece using the Partdaddy 3D printer. Because of the larger nozzle sizes, print speeds should be fairly quick for their size, but accuracy will obviously suffer, as each deposited layer will be much larger than that of normal sized FDM printers, such as a Makerbot Replicator.
The Partdaddy 3D printer, which uses aluminum machined parts, made in house by SeeMeCNC, will be unveiled to the word in working order in just a few days, at Maker Faire Detroit, located at The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan. This event will take place on July 26th and 27th. If you are in the area, drop by and check out what is likely the largest delta 3D printer known to man…… at least for now.
As companies like SeeMeCNC continue to push the limits of 3D printing, and competition emerges between the various manufacturers, we will likely continue to see the boundaries of the technology undergo an expansion, both in respect to the size of the machines, as well as their overall capabilities. Let us know what you think about this new giant 3D printer, in the SeeMeCNC Partdaddy forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below of the company trying to get the PartDaddy 3D printer in an upright position.