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3D Printing With Two Extruders? Why Not Four?

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Max The Magnificent
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Quad Extruders? I want! I want!
Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 2:12:15 PM
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OMG -- Quad Extruders -- I want I want!!!

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Caleb Kraft   9/12/2013 2:13:56 PM
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It is worth noting that you would probably have to do some custom code to handle this system. The existing packages often have dual extruders built in, but they are the standard type. 

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Re: Quad Extruders? I want! I want!
Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 2:17:05 PM
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@caleb: It is worth noting that you would probably have to do some custom code to handle this system.

Good point -- especially remembering that I haven;t even got my single extruder printer working yet :-)

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Re: Quad Extruders? I want! I want!
Richard3257   1/22/2014 12:36:11 AM
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I think you should know that 3d has released a water cooled belden quad print head this month. Now if I could only find a mother board that handles 4print heads! The search continues .

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Max The Magnificent   1/22/2014 11:14:48 AM
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@Richard3257: I think you should know that 3d has released a water cooled belden quad print head this month.

I'm amazed by how quickly this technology is progressing...

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Adding Orientations
DrQuine   9/12/2013 7:20:01 PM
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I'd think that adding additional orientations of heads could also be an advantage. While the extruders typically work from above, a head / coater / surface finish from the side might also be a benefit. This head might even have a different material that was intended as a surface coat or bonding agent.

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Caleb Kraft   9/15/2013 12:13:29 PM
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I think with a little work this is feasible. I also know that my current printer doesn't function within tight enough tolernaces to make something like that work. You would be fighting against gravity instead of working with it.

What advantages would multiple print orientations have though?

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DrQuine   9/15/2013 10:39:05 PM
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I see the side "spray" as having the potential to add a coating which is very hard to do when printing from the top and trying to "coat" a vertical serface by printing a thin surrounding boundary with a separate print head.

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Caleb Kraft   9/16/2013 9:18:22 AM
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so you're not talking about just another extruder. That isn't a bad idea at all. A spray nozzle for some kind of finish wouldn't be bad. 

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