Machines making more machines, making better machines.
Since we first wrote about our “Cluster” in February of 2016, the size of the Cluster has grown to a total of 155 LulzBot 3D Printers that stay busy making new parts around the clock. Collectively, they operate as both a manufacturing and a testing facility to ensure the quality of the machines is reflected in the prints they produce. Prototypes are often tested here to work out any bugs in an industrial setting and maximize product reliability for the customer.
From when the Cluster began operating in 2011, it took nearly 5 years to print the first million production-grade parts. Since then, it’s only taken a year and a half to reach the 2 million mark – an indication of the increased efficiency and speed of production supporting demand for LulzBot 3D Printers. With two to four trained professionals monitoring the Cluster at all times, daily production can range anywhere from 1,000 to 15,000 parts and use 45 to 50 kilograms of ABS plastic in the process.
To learn more about how the Cluster works, email Sales@LulzBot.com. You can also attend the public factory tour that takes place every Friday at 2 p.m. Mountain time (holidays excluded) to see the Cluster in action and meet the team that keeps it running.