Can We Paddle into 3D?

Fabbaloo was recently contacted by a reader with an interesting problem. He's interested in printing a prototype paddle blade.

What's the issue, you ask? The prototype blade exceeds 20 inches in one dimension (the long axis, obviously) and that is, um, slightly bigger than the typical 10" build chamber on most 3D print services. Sure, he could redesign the model to print two pieces and them assemble them, but for a paddle that would be problematic. We know that current 3D prints are not particularly robust, and I wouldn't want to be caught up the creek with a two-piece paddle blade.

Does anyone have a suggestion for our paddle-making friend? Is there a 3D print service that offers build chambers in excess of 20"? Please add a comment if you do.

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!