Indiana-based CNC machine and 3D printer manufacturer SeeMeCNC has been producing high quality, relatively inexpensive Delta 3D printers for a while now; however their latest creation steps away from modest 3D printer specs. SeeMeCNC has developed what looks to be the world’s largest Delta 3D printer.
The 15-foot tall SeeMeCNC Partdaddy is capable of printing objects that are extremely big, via a plastic pellet system rather than traditional filament. Printing directly with plastic pellets dramatically reduces the overall cost of printing and is probably the only possible way to print, seeing as the extruder features a 6.35 or 7.25mm nozzle. Due to large size of the nozzles, standard filament could not be used and larger sizes would be much more costly if they could be supplied.
“Plastic pellets will be transferred to the extruder using compressed air or vacuum. The extruder mounts directly to the platform and will be a custom designed.” SeeMeCNC notes.
Overall print size is approximately 1.2m (4 feet) in diameter by 4.5m high (15 feet) and due to the large size of the nozzles, the Partdaddy can build objects far quicker than normal sized printers like the MakerBot Replicator. Because of the large nozzles, the print accuracy and surface finish will obviously suffer, as each layer deposited is much larger than standard printers.
The SeeMeCNC Partdaddy printer will be officially unveiled at Detroit’s Maker Faire on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. Take a look at the video below to see the team at SeeMeCNC manoeuvring the printer around their workshop.