I want some input from the community, especially those with knowledge on the subject, concerning the possibility of utilizing alternative means to achieve movement of the Z axis.
Specifically I’ve mulled over the idea of using an inflatable device to achieve said movement.
The device would be inflated to maximum capacity at the beginning of a print and would deflate gradually via an electronically controlled valve.
The printer would have to be encased, I surmise, and the temperature within regulated carefully to achieve uniform air pressure.
However, I believe it could be significantly cheaper and more durable/reliable; and could be improved upon more rapidly via software development than current motorized methods.
I would also like this to be an open door to discuss alternative methods of operation for 3D printers in general.
Your thoughts, please.