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World’s Largest Composite 3D-Printer by Thermwood Measures 10’x40′! | #3Dprinting #3DThursday @thermwood

400 square feet…that’s probably slightly more space than my NYC apartment!

Last week, Thermwood completed installation of what is believed to be the world’s largest composite material 3-D printer at digital OEM Local Motors. The 10’x40′ printer is going to be used to produce the Olli – Local Motors’ self-driving, 3-D printed electric car with the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson. Passengers can interact conversationally with Olli while traveling from point A to point B and ask questions about how the vehicle works, where they are going and why Olli is making specific driving decisions.

As Thermwood explains, the printer is one of its signature Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) machines, the industry’s first line of extrusion 3-D printers with built-in CNC machining capabilities. LSAM is used to produce large components from fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite materials. The machine uses a two-step, near-net-shape production process.

Read more here.


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