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Excitement and Kickstarter growing pains: gMax begins shipping its huge 3D printer

on November 22, 2013

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A common limiting factor among 3D printers is the size of objects they can create. When architect Gordon LaPlante began pushing the limits of his RepRap, he decided to build his own printer with a giant print bed. The result is the gMax, which began shipping this week after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

gMax 3D printer

The gMax can print objects up to 16 x 16 x 9 inches, which gives it a build volume of 2,304 cubic inches. The MakerBot Replicator 2, which is considered to have a fairly large print bed for a consumer 3D printer, has a volume of 410 cubic inches.

The gMax is an open source machine that’s meant to be modified, and LaPlante built it to be easy to do so. It comes apart quickly to let users swap in new parts.

gMax 3D printer

Like many 3D printer crowdfunding campaigns, the gMax, which sold for $1,295 on…

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