3D PotterBot Scara V4 is a large-scale 3d Printer for Clay and other Soft Materials.
The 3D Potterbot Scara V4 is our largest model for 3D ceramic and paste printing. It is capable of printing multiple large object non-stop. It can even be combined with a Continuous Flow hopper to even print structures and walls.
The Scara V4 is the first viable large-scale ceramic 3D printer using real clay. The advanced design and substantial construction can handle on board loads like the 3D Potter 3600 ml clay extruder or a hose assembly. But where it really shines is when it's coupled with our new large capacity continuous high pressure hose extrusion system. We can now deliver clay loads between 85 - 250 lb continuous extrusion.
The build envelope diagrams represent the 45 in Z height. We can do custom Z heights up to 9 feet and diameters up to 8.5 feet.
The Scara V4 build envelope is quite unique because it's capable of printing 360 degrees with continuous rotation. This means you can create a huge vessel with the printer initially residing inside the vessel or structure. This opens up a whole another opportunity to print small habitat structures (houses). Larger printers are available for this potential habitat project.
Another unique ability is printing multiple objects within the specified envelope in a sequential mode. For instance you could print a particular vessel starting on the far left side and continue to print these vessels until there is no more space left.
1. Scara V4-409
2. Closed loop stepper on X, Y, Z, extruder
3. 3600ml extruder, 2 tubes
4. 5 anodized aluminum nozzles (standard sizes: 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8mm)
5. Parts Box: Alan key set, grease, Acme driver tool, tie wraps, extra screws
6. Power Supply
X/Y- 72" Diameter Circle (1829mm)
Z- 45” (1143mm)
W-34” L-18” H-44”
Normal operational space needed: W-40” L-36” H-~70”
Maximum operational space needed: W-88” L-88” H-~84”
Height to the top of the extruder fully extended is H~84” (2134mm)
Weight with extruder: 90 lbs. (41kg)
Average speed: 1.2’’ to 3.9’’/s (30 to 100 mm/s)
Power Supply: Output - 24V ~15 amps, Input - 110-220V, 50-60 Hertz.
Power consumption: 24V ~10 amps, ~240 Watt
Main controller board running Duet3D with Atmel SAM4E8E: 120MHz ARM Cortex-M4
Full control through web interface, no apps or software installation. Non-WiFi versions are available, please contact us if you would like this type of connection (Ethernet connection).
This is no souped-up 3D printer, this is a dedicated heavy duty purpose-built robot. The main drives are sophisticated harmonic drive units**. These are the same drives used on large industrial robots similar to the ones that are now in most of the large manufacturing facilities. These drives are extremely heavy duty and capable of precision movement down into the fractions of a second of a degree. This means very precise prints with no backlash or jittery movements at realistic speeds. These drives are designed for maximum rigidity with extreme accuracy.
Space needed for setup
The real advantage is this machine can be positioned on a substantial table top and you can start printing right away within a limited envelope area. Or you can give it its own dedicated space for partial or full envelope.
The space needed is really determined by the end-user and how much of the print envelope they choose to use. Whether on the table top or on the floor, the Scara V4 will require direct mounting for maximum stability. This is achieved with multiple screws to secure the printer to the surface it is on. If you choose to use a tabletop it must be of substantial construction, the minimum is 1.5" thick heavy plywood or wood construction. If a inadequate table is used, the results from the printer will be diminished depending on the build envelope and speed at which the prints are created with.
Do you need special clay to 3D print?
The advantage of direct extrusion is printing full-body clays or other paste-like materials. All materials used to build our printers are food-grade, so get creative!
Take your favorite pottery clay and wet it so that it is too wet to throw and you are ready to go. You will want to experiment with the wetness level to get it to print correctly for your projects.
Scara Large 3d ceramic printer at work