This 3D printer can print objects as tall as MC Hammer

With new 3D printing tech being continuously and rapidly fired into the world, it’s easy to become numbed to even amazing breakthroughts. But May of this year will see the fittingly-named Massivit 3D Printer released to the UK and Ireland – and it’s time to pay attention.

Massivit’s build size is 1.5m x 1.2m x 1.8m – which, in the more common scale of measurement, is one MC Hammer, with width and depth to spare. Or any other person who is 5’11”, we guess.

Image: a bull created by Massivit

Created by Massivit 3D Printing Technology and soon-to-be distributed by Papergraphics, Massivit to the will be the first 3D printer that can create these massive lightweight models in the UK and Ireland.

Not only is it super-sized, it’s super-quick with a printing speed of 35cm per foot. So a printed person could take around 5 hours to produce.

As the file can be created from applications including Cadcam and animation sofrware, the possibilities of what you can create are pretty exciting. 

Massivit already created the world’s first 3D printed car with Autodesk, and has 3D adverts for buses and billboards, as well as props for theatre and theme parks, in mind.

 Video: the car created by Massivit

3D pieces produced by Massivit feel like other 3D printed items – but can be much, much taller. So tall that the scale of possibilities are hard to grasp: filmmakers can produce models with 3D printers – which is muck quicker – for either on set or client approval, general design prototypes can be created more easily whathever the size and, of course, you can alsso repeatedly 3D print yourself to create a limitless clone army. If you're under 5'11", that is.

Image: a rocket created by Massivit in a toy store

“In developing Massivit 1800 we had to reinvent 3D printing, we had to invent a whole new technology,” said Massivit co-founder Gershon Miller.

At the heart of Massivit is Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP). Instead of jetting plastics through a print head – as is the standard with 3D printing – Massivit ejects it through a small nozzle. Imagine a piping bag for baking - but with inedible plastic paste. UV rays then harden the gel.

 Video: Massivit in action

“The result is a 3D printer with remarkable performance, stunning design, and some of the most advanced 3D printing algorithms in the market enabling very fast and very economical printing, saving on printing material and printing time of superfluous support structures,” continued Miller.

Though Massivit will perhaps not become an everyday purchase or even fit in your office, it is certainly not beyond the resources of leading print companies. Perhaps it will become an integral part of your local printshop. 

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