While we have a hard time reaching out to them and get exhaustive replies to questions on Medium articles, VooDoo Manufacturing is quite an interesting company. It is one of the first 3D printer farms leveraging multiple networked low-cost 3D printers to provide production services. As such they have been behind many interesting – albeit not always practical – innovations in the 3D printing.
Now the company is moving on up from MakerBot 3D printers – which they had largely acquired from dismantled nearby MakerBot Industries (when MakerBot moved 3D printer manufacturing to China) – to Raise3D large format 3D printers. What does this mean?
“You can now print single parts up to 11.8 x 11.8 x 23.8 inches (300 x 300 x 605 millimeters) – say VooDoo’s Mike Baumgarten. “At launch, we’ll offer large-format parts in PLA with 5-day turnaround for production. Over time, as we scale up the service, we’ll offer faster production speed options. To give some context – he adds – we previously required single-part prints to be smaller than 11 x 6 x 6 inches (285 x 153 x 155 millimeters). This means that Large Format 3D Printing offers nearly 8 times our previous max build volume for a single print.”
Projects with dimensions in excess of 11.8 x 11.8 x 23.8 inches can now be printed in fewer large parts, rather than many small parts. With fewer parts, large scale projects are now easier to assemble after printing. Fewer parts also means fewer (visible) seams. As a result, reducing seams means increased overall part strength and higher visual quality. Now it’s easier for VooDoo to produce parts that might have been impossible to make, or would have required difficult and time consuming assembly.
“We think the new capability will allow our customers to bring new, bigger ideas and products to market faster, and with higher quality,” says Baumgarten.
Digital Manufacturing at a Larger Scale
Voodoo’s large-format printing is powered by Raise3D N2 Plus 3D Printers, which are filament extrusion 3D printers capable of producing high-quality parts in a variety of materials. Compared to standard MakerBot printers’ maximum part size of 10.5 x 5.5 x 6 inches, the Raise3D printers can print single parts as large at 11.8 x 11.8 x 23.8 inches, which means a 700% increase in volume.
Start Printing Big
So what exactly will can make with large-format printing? VooDoo Manufacturing identified items such as custom mannequins, architectural models, product displays, and component housings; but will also open to the door to brand new applications that may not have been possible before. You can head over to VooDoo’s Direct Print page and upload a file up to 11.8 x 11.8 x 23.8 inches.