US university creates world’s biggest 3D printer ever and it can even use wood dust — named Factory of the Future 1.0, it can print objects

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The University of Maine has revealed the largest 3D printer in the world. Named rather grandly Factory of the Future 1.0 (FoF 1.0), the new unit is four times larger than the university’s previous world record breaking 3D printer, MasterPrint, which it debuted in 2019.

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This colossal printer can produce items measuring up to 96 feet long, 32 feet wide, and 18 feet high, at a rapid pace of 500 pounds per hour.

This advance could revolutionize several industries by providing a cost-efficient and eco-friendly manufacturing method for areas such as national security, housing, bridge construction, and marine vessel fabrication. One of the promising applications for the printer is utilizing biobased feedstocks from wood residuals, which are abundant in Maine.

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