Challenge of Printing on the Greenway

  • Attempting to automatically print and give away for free more than 2017 Roosters in one year.

  • 1 year = 365 days = 8760 hours

  • To my knowledge, I don’t know of anyone attempting this long on continuous automated printing of the same object.  However, my technique is not new and owes much to the open-source community and individuals who shared techniques to automatically print on these types of machines.

  • The machine will require approximately 40, 2.2 lbs spools (spool change once a week).

  • Total weight of Roosters produced will be 94 lbs.

  • Total length of filament used will be over 46,000 feet or 8.8 miles (8X longer than the Greenway itself)

  • The 3D printer used for this project is one that what taken from the five I currently own so I have lots of spare parts and can replace the entire printer if needed.

  • The printer started this project with 2406 hours of print time.  

  • The enclosure is temperature controlled with a 1500 Watt heater set to maintain 70F

  • The windows are double paned (1” air gap between) and double sealed

  • The 3D printer was tested outside the enclosure from 40F to 120F.  The printer struggles with the higher temperatures more than the colder temperatures.  The 40F tests were completed in Aeronaut Brewery’s hops fridge which is located next to Artisan’s Asylum.