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Hanging 3-D Printer Boasts Flexibility and Low Cost

10 March 2017

HangPrinter building a “Tower of Babel”  Credit: Linnéa Therese Dimitrou/Umeå University HangPrinter building a “Tower of Babel” Credit: Linnéa Therese Dimitrou/Umeå University A new type of 3-D printer, the ‘HangPrinter,’ does not depend on a box, frame or rails; the printer can instead be attached to any stable surface. The printer’s novel form offers a low-cost, flexible solution for printing large volumes or vast areas.

HangPrinter’s inventor, Torbjørn Ludvigsen, started developing the printer while he was a student at Sweden’s Umeå University. His initial motivation was to reduce the cost of a 3-D printer.

“The frame or box was almost half the cost of the final 3-D printer, and I thought I could do without it,” Ludvigsen said.

Ludvigsen’s design can use any existing structure as a frame, or it can be suspended in a space. All parts except the energy source are mounted on the device. The HangPrinter is currently building a “Tower of Babel” in a building on the Umeå campus.

Future versions of the printer could be adapted for outside use or for printing with different materials.

HangPrinter can be assembled for around 200 €. Blueprints are available for free download.

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