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Obvious 3D printer technology based on 8. Counterweight
Notice: Broad and/or obvious patent claims for 3-D printing technology may hamper the open-source 3-D printing community's ability to innovate. Previous work on an algorithm protected 3-D printing materials. This page is part of a MTU Open Source 3-D Printing class project to investigate 3-D printing concepts using TRIZ and is presented here as a defensive publication of prior art to help identify obvious 'inventions' for 3-D printing.
Examiners: The ideas on this page dated Dec 3, 2015 and Nov 29, 2016 were developed by university students with less than a semester of formal 3-D printing experience (or by an instructor in class) and thus should be considered unpatentable because of obviousness to any person skilled in the art of additive manufacturing.
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Ideas to improve 3d printer (Counterweight):
- Use Mesh design for end effector to reduce weight while maintaining structural integrity
- Enhance material availability: Make structures out of particle board to reduce weight and use any available wood
- Reduce Parts: End effector has helicopter style top to suspend instead of metal bars
- Reduce cost-printer: Mesh design for all 3d printed parts and structures to use less material
- Reduce cost-material: Inject with gas to expand volume(more surface area for less plastic)
- Easier to assemble : attach helium balloons to top so cannot drop and easier to maneuver to fix/build
- Use carbon fiber frame to decrease weight.
- Use lighter motors to decrease weight.
- Add flat steel plate to base to decrease vibration somewhat.
- Modify end effector to only mount the hot end (alternative material to take care of heat)
- Add vibration reducers (similar to hunting bows) to lower rod vibration and thus the rod can be made of a lighter material.
- Use smaller motors to decrease weight.
- Use less robust board to decrease weight slightly.
- Use a combination stepper driver and computer to decrease overall weight (combine melzi and BBBlack)
- Use microphones to detect mechanical click to reduce wiring to leveling switches.
- Combine heated bed with the frame to reduce weight.
- Add heating to the whole frame to omit heated bed somehow (circuitry needs to be modified).
- Combine frame with vertical beams to reduce weight - or omit vertical columns entirely like on some cartesian printers.
- Extrude with a through-the-center stepper to decrease parts used in extrusion.
- Omit top doughnut entirely - vibration introduced but weight decreased.
- Use carbon fiber rods instead of aluminum to decrease weight.
- Combine extruder and hot end into a plastic pushing monster to decrease metal and mechanical parts - momentum is increased and accuracy falls.
- Use more snap-together parts to decrease bolts and nuts - less metal, less weight (slightly).
- Print with a smaller extruder motor to decrease weight.
- Use shorter linear bearings to slightly decrease weight.
- Less infill for parts that don't need it
- Different infill: lighter, stronger infill material
- Use different material for structure of printer: some sort of light, hollow, plastic tubing
- Change guide rods to carbon fiber
- Printed parts of printer with less infill
- Make everything out of carbon fiber
- Drill holes in support material
- Print with lighter material
- Plastic hardware
- Build a smaller printer
- Print a smaller part, sections if needed
- Use less bed adhesion (glue) or use blue painters tape
- Make part hollow and put hydrogen or helium into part
- Make inside of part a vacuum
- Move printer to moon
- Attach helium balloons to top of printer