Ever dreamed of printing larger objects with your own Ultimaker 3D printer? Well, perhaps the Z-Unlimited might be what you are looking for. This simple add-on means you can convert your own trusty Ultimaker into a 3D printer with an unlimited extended print-area in height.
According to the designer, Joris van Tubergen, the Z-Unlimited basically flips your 3D printer upside down and moves it all the way up along a wall while it is printing. Converting your 3D printer to reach unlimited height is said to take only 10 minutes to set up or dismantle.
Mr van Tubergen says: “With the Z-Unlimited add-on your Ultimaker will be able to print really tall objects like large vases, wine bottles, life-sized (scanned) human sculptures or even an elephant!
Last summer Joris executed the first project with his Z-Unlimited invention. Live at Schiphol airport he 3D printed a life-sized elephant as a 3D petition against elephant abuse. The installation with five Ultimakers combined with Z-Unlimited was only actively printing when people signed the petition. Since more than enough people signed the petition the life-sized 3D printed elephant was completed within two weeks!
For inside information about this system, please visit Joris’ article on the kickstarter website.