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We are incredibly excited to have one of our extruders in a live demonstration at the upcoming Fabtech show in Chicago! The MDPH2 Pellet Head Extruder will be mounted on an ABB Robotics IRB 4600 articulated robot, in partnership with ABB for a presentation of their new RobotStudio 3D Printing PowerPac software. This software allows users to easily upload standard g-code from a conventional slicer and convert it to robot code, then view simulations and modify tool paths in an intuitive and straightforward manner.  Mounting large-format extruders to articulated robots has enabled some of the most revolutionary shifts in possibilities for 3D printing in recent...

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Buckminster Fuller, one of the greatest American thinkers of the twentieth century, patented the Fly’s Eye Dome in 1965. He dubbed it an “autonomous dwelling machine” and saw it as an answer to the housing crisis of humanity- a prototype for a home that could be easily manufactured, efficiently transported, and rapidly assembled. This would make it economical, and furthermore, it would be adaptable to the needs of its inhabitants. The structure relies on tension and compression to be self-supporting and can be scaled to any size while maintaining this state of suspension. The entirety is made up of a single...

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One of our particular ambitions at Massive Dimension is to make 3D printing a more sustainable practice. Plastic waste is an enormous problem, and the myriad solutions presented thus far have helped to stem the tides but are just a beginning. Problems of new production aside, there is already a vast enough quantity of plastic present on our planet that creative recycling efforts must be introduced to find useful applications for what we have otherwise deemed garbage with an extremely long shelf-life. We now have clothing made from recycled plastic, plastic aggregate substituted into concrete, and in several countries around...

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In an effort to share more of the day-to-day activities of the MD lab with our friends and followers in the 3D printing community, we’ve set up a camera feed on our MDPH2 extruder to allow us to live stream prints through our Twitch channel! The printer, nicknamed “Potter”, is a customized SCARA movement system and fabricated aluminum print bed- the extruder also has our just-released MDMCU pneumatic auto-feeding pellet delivery system mounted on it, for those curious to see it in action.  Expect to see us go live several times a week - there may be specifically scheduled events...

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Large format printers possess capabilities that have allowed us to overcome what were seen as previously insurmountable barriers in the world of 3D printing- but that is not to say they do not have their own limitations. Lest we fall prey to the “bigger hammer” fallacy, it is important to recognize that as with any tool, large format printers excel at certain tasks while actually underperforming smaller printers at others. In broad strokes, we celebrate large format printers not only for their larger build capacities but also for their speed. Even if you put a filament-driven print head on a...

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