Pottery and ceramics tend to be made by hand. It’s an artistic labor of love.
From major producers to home hobbyists, this is a profession that ensures you really get your hands dirty. That might not be true for much longer if DeltaBots has anything to say about it.
The company has officially launched its 3D PotterBot printer that specifically works with clay.
A Look at the PotterBot
The PotterBot Clay 3D Printer and its partnered constant flow RAM extruder are designed for use with one material – clay. From pottery to ceramics, this printer is set to turn the industry on its ear.
It’s an exceptionally rigid machine, which is a good thing, as that ensures precision in the final printed piece. The circular build area resembles a pottery wheel, but that’s about the only part that’s carried over from old-school tech.
The PotterBot’s most important feature is the aforementioned constant flow RAM extruder. It’s stationary and is mounted above the build area. The extruder is the result of a tremendous amount of research and development, resulting in the only solution that offers the stability and precision necessary for ceramics and pottery creation.
The conventional delta arms on the printer don’t control the extruder. Rather, they control the build plate, moving it where necessary for the extruder to continue printing the pattern programmed in.
It’s the reverse of the normal situation with 3D printers. The extruder can also adjust the flow rate and extrusion speed to compensate for different needs.
What’s more, the constant flow rate ensures that inconsistency is a thing of the past. The build envelope on the PotterBot is large, allowing the creation of objects up to 17 inches in height.
In terms of pricing, you’ll find that the PotterBot is actually relatively affordable when compared to other 3D printers on the market. DeltaBots has priced it at $2,950, which puts it within reach of almost anyone with an itch to explore their inner potter, from enthusiasts and home potters to schools and more.
The company is also offering two different extruders. The 2,000 ml extruder has a volume of 67 ounces, while the 4,000 ml option ramps that up to 135 ounces.
The entire printer is very strong, with a robust build plate and CNC machined aircraft aluminum extruder and assembly. That ensures it’s able to stand up to the weight of wet clay without suffering fatigue and eventual failure over time.
It also ships with two different nozzles, although custom nozzle sizes are available from the manufacturer on request.
The PotterBot might not have the same flash as printers working in the medical sector, but this is just one more sign of how this technology is impacting every single industry on the planet. The full extent of that impact is yet to be seen.