Fab@Home to print paper pulp - art application
I’m interesting in the Fab@Home printer to print paper pulp for an art application called pulp painting. The usual method is to dispense the pigmented paper pulp (which is a mixture of mostly water and cotton fibre) using a squeezable ketchup bottle. Some artists already use syringes for fine detail. The difference here is that we are working in two dimensions so essentially we’re talking about an inkjet printer that dispenses paper pulp instead of ink.
It looks like Model 2 could do a good job of this and if the object being printed must be 3D I could create a thin layer for each colour. Here is my question: could I just build the dispensing part of the machine and attach it to my CNC router (after I remove the router) so that I could print larger images (my machine is 4’ x 8’)? I’m currently using Mach3 and BobCAD to write the G-code, but would I have to change to the Fab@Home Model2 software?
For a few years I’ve been experimenting with this idea of a pulp painter using peristaltic pumps, pressure pots. etc. and it seems like the Fab@Home method of controlling the amount of substance dispensed could work well.