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Let’s build a BIG 3D printer – large format 3D printing platform based on a robotic arm


Marios Mouratidis

Raum: US-D 105
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Short Description

Additive manufacturing enables structures to be produced that are not possible using more widespread subtractive processes such as machining. 3D printers also make it possible to produce haptic and evaluable prototypes quickly and cost-efficiently. Costly set-up and tooling costs can be avoided, which would be incurred by processes such as machining or injection moulding. Acquisition costs for 3D printers have fallen sharply and the technology is affordable, but the working ranges of such machines are limited. Therefore a Universal Robotics industrial robot (model: UR10e) is to be converted into a large format printer.

The core of this work is to build a 3D printer, reflect on design for fabrication of a large scale printer and evaluate the usability of such a system.

Core activities are programming with RoboDK, 3D modelling and 3D printing.

#ur10e #robodk #fusion360 #3d-printing


The team will work closely with the supervisor. Regular meetings to track progress and especially tackle issues will need to be scheduled. At the end of the project a project report (including a guide on how to use the system) and possible source code, assets need to be handed in. Collaboration with other project teams might serve helpful.


  • 1. Clarify student idea and the concrete outcome based on student expertise (mock-up and/or programming implementation)
  • 2. Workplan/Milestone planning
  • 3. Iterative design
  • 4. Continuous feedback from the supervisor
  • 5. Submission project report


This project can be adjusted to fit option A, B, or C depending on the level of difficulty and specific interest of the student(s). This project can start as Project A and be continued as B, C and also lead to a Master Thesis.