OK- all the buzz and furor about small 3D printing technology, like the Makerbot, is great, and it will be wonderful when all of us have the ability to create any necessary, or unnecessary, object at home, at will. But, what's at the other end of the scale - bigger, better, and even more ecological? How about a 3D printer robot that recycles waste of all types and uses it to print big stuff, like furniture? Wouldn't that be cool?
This month, at the "The Future in the Making" exhibition held in conjunction with the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair, attendees will get to see exactly that - a huge robot using additive manufacturing to recycle waste from old computers, TVs, refrigerators, etc. into full scale tables and chairs.
The "Endless" robot system created by Dirk Vander Kooij utilizes a commonly available, if expensive, industrial robot, and can print a full sized chair in approximately 3 hours.