Lifelike 3D Printer Motion

A motion control concept for consumer grade 3D printer.

Traditional 3D printing uses stepper motors and rails to achieve precision control; our client wanted to delight young users with a novel, engaging, lower cost motion control method.

We identified and evaluated dozens of motion control components from multiple industries to create a novel motion control system that mimicked human motion and surpassed the build precision of the base product at significantly lower cost.

We combined a concurrent component and system discovery approach with rigorous evaluation and testing of mechanical components, along with the development of motion control algorithms to meet strict cost, precision, build time, and novelty requirements.