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Case: Savonia University Enhances Large-Scale 3D Printing with RoboDK Integration

by Pieter Werner

Savonia University of Applied Sciences (UAS) has improved their large-scale 3D printing by integrating RoboDK software into their processes. This integration enables more precise and efficient control over their large-scale 3D printing projects. The university’s focus has been on overcoming the unique challenges presented by large-scale 3D printing. Unlike small-scale printing, large-scale projects require careful consideration of print time, material deposition rates, and layer height.

Savonia UAS’s approach involves modifying these variables to achieve optimal printing efficiency. This is particularly important in projects like the construction of large structures, where time and material usage are critical factors.

Savonia UAS’s recent achievements in the 3D printing arena include the creation of one of the largest known 3D-printed objects. Their projects in the past include the construction of a building in Dubai and the “3Dirigo” boat, both of which were significant achievements in 2019. These structures demonstrate the practical applications and effectiveness of large-scale 3D printing in creating sizable and complex constructions.

A key element in Savonia UAS’s success is their use of advanced equipment. The university has equipped its facility with large-scale printers from Thermwood and Cincinnati, which are specially designed for larger projects. These printers are capable of handling increased material deposition rates and greater layer heights, distinguishing them from standard desktop printers. The university’s setup includes a CEAD robotextruder and a KUKA KR-120 robot, highlighting their commitment to utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

An project showcasing Savonia UAS’s capabilities was the creation of a human-sized mannequin for the Helsinki Fashion Show. This project not only illustrated the versatility of large-scale 3D printing in various sectors but also underscored the potential of this technology in creative and design-oriented applications. The mannequins were printed using UPM Formi wood-cellulose composite material, further showcasing the wide range of materials that can be utilized in modern 3D printing.


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