5-axis 3D printing for the rest of us


By now we are all used to the idea of ​​three-dimensional printing, because over the past fifteen years it has become an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to make things on an industrial scale without a budget. However, there are still some limitations to the techniques used in a common 3D printer, especially related to layers in a single orientation. This is something that can be solved by adding tilt and rotation axes to the printer to provide a five-axis device, but this has not been available in an affordable form. [Freddie Hong] and his colleagues have tackled producing an affordable printer, and his solution fits perfectly on the bed of a Prusa i3 to convert it into a five-axis machine without breaking the bank.

The quantity and quality of work is certainly impressive, with proper slicing software being developed alongside the 3D printed parts to accommodate the two additional axes. For now all we can do is look at the photos and the video below the break, but once the work is presented, the promise that all the necessary files will be made public. We can see versions of the hardware ending up on printers other than the Prusa, and we can see this becoming another part of the usual arsenal available to those of us who make things.


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