JobOx Unveils Automated 3D Printing Solution for the Bambu Lab A1 Mini

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A recent discussion on Reddit shared details about an innovative system being developed aimed at enabling continuous 3D printing on desktop printers from Bambu Lab.

The concept of continuous 3D printing holds tremendous potential. It seeks to allow a 3D printer to execute multiple printing tasks consecutively without the need for human interference. Essentially, this would transform a desktop printer into an autonomous factory capable of endlessly producing various items.

Various methods exist to facilitate continuous printing, including solutions that incorporate rolling belts to automatically eject completed prints and those utilizing automated systems to replace print beds, ensuring seamless production flow.

The sheet-based concept proposed by a Reddit user known as “blendermite” is under development at their company, JobOx. This concept involves creating a sheet changer for the Bambu Lab A1 Mini and is an expansion of their existing product line, which includes a sheet-changing accessory for the well-known Prusa MK3S 3D printer.

How does this device function? According to a video, it appears that the 3D printer is equipped with a reserve of new build plates at one side. Once a printing job is completed, the used plate is removed and immediately replaced by a fresh plate from the supply, readying the printer for a new job.

Although this setup automates part of the process, it is not entirely seamless. The number of available build plates limits continuous operation; users must periodically clean and reload used plates into the supply to maintain workflow.

Additionally, the system seems to drop completed jobs at the front of the 3D printer, raising concerns about the handling of finished products, especially those that are fragile or intricately detailed. There is a potential risk of damage if a new build plate were to dislodge or collide with a just-completed project during the plate changing process.

Nevertheless, this does automate quite a bit of the work involved in printing many items. Operators would still have to supervise the system, but at longer has to intervals.

The system is slated for release this summer and is expected to be priced at under €300 (US$325). That’s slightly more than the cost of the A1 Mini alone, but it remains less than the A1 Mini combo, which is popular among users.

The initiative appears to be garnering support from Bambu Lab, which stands to gain from increased material sales due to the continuous operation of the devices.

Via Reddit, JobOx and Bambu Lab Forum

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