Feb.16, 2014

Imaging printing sculptures, furniture, prosthetics, humanoid robots and other life size artistic objects on a 3D printer? Conventional 3D printers usually can only produce hand-sized objects, BigRep ONE, however, can create objects on a 1:1 scale.

The BigRep ONE is an oversized open source 3D printer created by Berlin-based artist Lukas Oehmigen and his friend Marcel Tasler. The build volume is approximately 1,147 x 1,000 x 1,188 mm (45 x 39 x 47 inches), making it the largest commercially available fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer in the world.

Oehmigen and Tasler started the project two years ago. They both have their roots in the field of the arts, so they wanted to create a machine with which they could produce their own works.

The BigRep ONE is constructed with a full aluminum frame, incorporating CNC components to provide strength and robustness. It includes dual extruders and can print PLA, ABS, PVA, HDPE, PC, Nylon, TPE, Laywood and Laybrick.

Despite its giant size, there is no compromise in print quality. With a resolution capability of 100 microns the BigRep ONE is able to print small-lot series, architectural models for design, engineering and production.

Watch below time lapse of 3D printing a sideboard:


One of the BigRep's latest projects was to built two new BigRep 3D printers to print design for Exploration Architecture's show - 'Designing with Nature'. And it took two months to fine-tune, test and print the full exhibition piece.

The exhibition's central installation takes the form of a long sweeping display designed to showcase innovative SKO software – a structural optimization computer programme based on the adaptive growth patterns of trees and bones – and has been created on BigRep.

The startup was funded by Newten Ventures, a Berlin-based seed investment firm. In December 2013 BigRep moved into a new office in Berlin-Kreuzberg and started its first series production of BigRep ONE by end of January 2014.

The BigRep ONE requires 1 m³ installation space, and also a large investment. Its retail price is $39,000 plus tax, no shipping & handling included. The printer is expected to ship in April-May 2014.

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Master Tool and Die maker/ Machine builder wrote at 12/9/2015 11:48:25 AM:

39,000 is crazy. Do you realize you can purchase a brand new CNC machining center that has a giant cast iron table and all steel and cast iron construction with much more precision servo motors and controls for that much money. That is crazy. Even if they are using Fanuc or Siemens controls, encoders, servos and all this thing should cost about 15,000. The aluminum and steel in this is worth about 300, the steppers and controller is another 500. the build platform, extruders another 500 and about a 1000 in linear products and misc. A new GUI. Great, it has a raspberry pi or Orangutan and a small screen.

V wrote at 5/4/2015 7:34:47 AM:

Is there an open source equivalent for this??

AB wrote at 1/14/2015 2:42:11 PM:

Please explain me I honestly don't get the point. This planet is full up with rapid prototyping service companies that could make dozens of that table for 39K, I am building parts for my motorbike by 3d printing since years for few few hundred euro per piece simply paying a professional service company !???

mad rm ls wrote at 7/9/2014 8:32:02 AM:

I don't know why you both think 40k is so unreasonable, they didn't construct it out of scrap metal and paint it with a case of Rust-Oleum. They used an all Aluminum frame and powder coated hardened steel corner brackets (or something impressive i'm sure), the metal alone is probably 1/4 of the price. Add in all the movements, steppers, dual nozzle extruders, and DAMN that hot bed must have capped the budget. All i have to say is look at their pitch, web site, and installation... one word, Solid! These guys are pros and if you can make this printer in you garage with their quality for 3-4k do it, then give me a call and i'll buy it from you for 40k, and apologize for doubting you. But until then, show some respect and get over yourselves!

3dprinterowner wrote at 3/2/2014 5:00:33 PM:

I don't know about that size for 2000 with ability to print all those mats but under 3 or 4k for sure think of how much the heated bed would cost and probably have some pretty big steppers on it too those can get pricey.

Lorenzo Ancilli wrote at 2/22/2014 2:09:22 PM:

what? $39,000 is ridiculous! no way $39,000 just because they have developed a very big build platform? Doesn't make any sense! Pitty!

jd90 wrote at 2/18/2014 7:56:53 PM:

A GigaBot isn't nearly this large. I agree that ABS would be hard. I think you'd need a heated enclosure, and that could give you trouble with a patent one of the big players holds.

Julia wrote at 2/18/2014 4:13:42 AM:

Get a GigaBot for $3,500.

zatopa.com wrote at 2/17/2014 9:36:53 PM:

I really doubt this thing can print ABS without warping. It's hard enough to heat a 12"X12" bed, let alone one the size of theirs.

Paucus wrote at 2/17/2014 1:30:41 PM:

How fast does it print? How long did the table take? What is the chance of a failed print? Does it have a heated bed? What filament diameter? Any mods to the software or can regular slicers make objects of that size?

ThatGuy wrote at 2/17/2014 4:21:48 AM:

At over a meter on a side, what exactly are they doing so that if you print at 100microns, it doesn't take the life of the printer to make a complete print?

Nick Lancaster wrote at 2/16/2014 8:38:31 PM:

$39,000 is crazy, that machine does not have $39,000 worth of parts. not even close. You probably could build your own version of that printer in the $2000 range.



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