by General Fabb
Perhaps the "biggest" announcement at Euromold was Objet's new "Wide Format" 3D printer, the Objet 1000. Indeed, it is truly massive, as you can see in the image above.
Essentially it's the same as its smaller siblings, except everything is oversized, notably the print volume, which is a staggering 1000 x 800 x 500mm. Maybe we'd better say this in meters, rather than millimeters: 1.0 x 0.8 x 0.5m (39.4 x 31.5 x 19.7 inches). You can produce massive objects in this device, up to a weight of some 200kg (440 pounds). This means you're gonna have to get a wheeled carrier to move your print around!
Despite the massive size, the print accuracy remains just as good as the smaller devices due to the nature of the inkjet technology used by Objet.
This is interesting: the material (liquid) is stored in six 18kg (40lb) containers inside, which are hot swappable to ensure you can print right to the max. Which materials can you use? Objet's entire Vero family of opaque plastics as well as their clear material and rubber-like material. Therefore you can print body, windshield and tires. Can you print an entire car? No, but you can literally print half of a go-kart!