Flexible Hybrid Slicing?

By on February 26th, 2015 in Hardware, Ideas, materials


Some folks in the Netherlands have developed a new system that performs “Flexible Hybrid Slicing”

This new process, developed by Gerben Eykenaar of The Export Office and Maarten Kurver of Ctrl Design, both in The Netherlands, is something we haven’t seen previously. 

The idea is to pause in mid-print and manually insert a pre-cut piece of reinforced PLA, then resume printing. The finished object thus includes a very strong reinforcement layer.  Or layers, if you’ve put several into the print. The company says the insertions are “PLA reinforced with natural fiber”. 

There are some questions, however. The most obvious question is how do you obtain reliably cut, pre-made insertions? We suspect the company has a way to do that. 

Secondly, we’re wondering how printer operators would feel if they had to attend to their (potentially) very long print, waiting for layer 568 to pause so they can insert a reinforcement. This may be problematic for operators. 

At this time the product is not yet available, but we understand they intend on launching a crowdfunding campaign soon. At that time we will find out more details, including pricing. 

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo 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!