Aleph Objects Inc. has stated it has printed the one millionth part in the production of its LulzBot line of 3D printers. Each desktop system contains over 30 printed parts.
According to the company, the one millionth part, a large herringbone gear licensed under the GNU GPLv3, was printed by the company’s Cluster of 140 LulzBot 3D printers that operates more than 100 hours per week and is essential to the company’s production process. This method of production was originally pioneered in desktop 3D printing by the RepRap Project.
It took over 2 1/2 years to print the first 500,000 parts. Aleph Objects now prints at a rate of 500,000 parts per year. This increased efficiency was made possible by upgrading to new models of LulzBot 3D printers, adding more machines, expanding operating hours, and adopting new technology to make operating and monitoring the machines more efficient, the company states.
“LulzBot desktop 3D printers are workhorse machines that we, and our customers in over 85 countries around the world, rely on every day,” says Harris Kenny, vice president of Marketing at Aleph Objects Inc. “We are proud to see the growing number of universities, laboratories, facilities, and businesses investing in clusters of LulzBot 3D printers to scale up educating, training, prototyping, and manufacturing.”
For more information, visit Aleph Objects.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.