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Colossus, a machine development startup based in Genk, Belgium, has released what is said to be the largest Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) 3D printer specifically designed to process recycled materials.
“Clients requested a way to make furniture and other large-scale objects from plastic waste, so we searched the market [for a] large-scale printer and everything we found was either too slow, too expensive, or could not work with high-temperature materials,” said Philippe Mérillet, co-founder of Colossus. “We decided to develop a printer made for materials.”
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The Colossus FGM 3D printer at Formnext. Photo by Beau Jackson.
Housed inside a shipping container, the Colossus has a build size of 2.67m x 1m x 1.5m (L x W x H) equating to a volume of 4m³. Despite its size, the developers say that it is designed as a transportable 3D printing system, presumably in the same vein as the mobile Fab Lab from the U.S. Marines.
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Yannick Aerts, CTO of Colossus, explains, “We wanted to build a printing system that really adjusts to our customer needs, so making it as transportable and upgradeable as possible was a main priority.”
The print bed, extruder and **** types are all features of the system designed to be configurable by the customer. According to...
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