3D printer built to manufacture consumer goods at scale

August 21, 2019 // By Rich Pell
3D printer built to manufacture consumer goods at scale
Direct-to-consumer 3D printing startup Gantri (San Francisco, CA) has unveiled what it says is the world's first commercial multi-gantry cylindrical 3D printer specifically designed for manufacturing consumer goods at scale.

The Gantri Dancer, says the company, is the world's first commercial multi-gantry cylindrical 3D printer and sets the stage for just-in-time consumer goods manufacturing. It leverages four gantries - the frame structure that supports the printer head along the X/Y axis as the printer head moves around to print the part on the build platform - and a rotating circular build plate to print up to four times as fast as best-in-class desktop 3D printers today, while maintaining a high standard of product quality.

"Gantri's mission is to empower designers to create by using advanced technologies," says Christianna Taylor, PhD and CTO at Gantri. "Our goal is to push for the adoption of digital manufacturing as a viable alternative to today's industrial manufacturing system in producing high-quality consumer-grade products. Dancer is the first 3D printer in the world specifically designed to manufacture consumer-grade products at the quality and speed that Gantri requires."

The Gantri Dancer, says the company, offers the following features:

  • Coordinated multi-gantry system - Utilizing a rotating circular build plate, all four gantries of Dancer can work together concurrently to print a single part. As a result, there is no "deadzone," or void, in the middle and it can print the same part using only a quarter of the time.
  • Leverage sustainable materials - Dancer is designed to utilize Gantri's exclusive corn-based PLA, which requires consistently high-temperature output to facilitate kneading.
  • Large build volume - At 18"R x 24"H, it's one of the largest desktop-grade printers in the world.
  • Complete front access - Print bed access, maintenance, and spool change are all done from the front, enabling complete automation in the near future.
  • Custom-designed casing - Aerospace-grade aluminium frame and polycarbonate panels offer a light, sturdy body that minimizes vibration and is quick to assemble.
  • Automatic 3D model translation - Gantri developed a unique translation algorithm that converts current modeling systems into Dancer's coordinated multi-gantry system with no

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