Rónán Dickson, 9P1, reports: Scaled is a company that makes 3D printed components for many things. Scaled is based in Swindon. They have three different  size large scale 3D printers as well as desktop 3D printers. It was really amazing that the largest 3D printer which is a robot was able to print up to 1KG in an hour that’s quite quick for 3D printing, their aim is to be able to print up to 5KG in an hour and they also heat the plate up 80℃.

They are now trying to invest  in using sustainable thermoplastic to help make their projects more green.

They also use many different tools that you can find in a DT classroom like laser-cutter and lathe and a mill.

Their latest project Chameleon is a 3D printed electric car which has a top speed of 42-43MPH. The car is very light. It only cost Scaled £800. Which is quite cheap for a prototype vehicle in comparison the Renault Twizy starts from £11,695 using mass production manufacturing methods. Pre production cars can cost in the region of £150K per car. It would take up two days to print all the components.

 

By Rónán Dickson 9P1