Image Credit: Create Café 3D Printing Solutions Inc.
Image Credit: Create Café 3D Printing Solutions Inc.

The world’s first 3D-printed camper will be printed in Saskatoon

Create Café, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Wave of the Future 3D collaboration leads to the world’s first 3D-printing of a full-sized camper

Updated February 5, 2018.

February 2, 2018 – Saskatoon-based Wave of the Future 3D, with assistance from Create Café 3D Printing Solutions Inc. and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, will begin producing the world’s first 3D-printed full-sized camper on February 8, 2018.

Named The Wave, the camper designed by Wave of the Future 3D, will be printed in one piece, will be 13’ in size, weigh 600 lbs and have a 100-year life expectancy. Printing is expected to take 10-14 days. The public are welcome to watch the printing process live in-person at Create Café during business hours (8 a.m.–8 p.m.) or on Create Café’s Facebook page between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

“We believe any problem can be solved through 3D-printing,” says Dustin Maki, CEO and founder of Create Café. “We are excited to 3D-print the world’s first camper. This project wouldn’t be possible without our relationship with Sask Polytech. Through an applied research grant we collaborated on the development of custom, high-flow nozzles that push the boundaries of 3D-printing.”

The camper will be printed at Create Café on a custom ErectorBot 3D Printer nicknamed Printron – the largest indoor 3D printer in North America and the only one in Canada. Printron measures more than 28’ long and more than 7' in width and height. Printron is owned by Randy Janes owner of Wave of the Future 3D. Future production and sales of the camper will be completed by Wave of the Future 3D.

The high-flow printing nozzles required to print the 3D camper were developed and produced through a Sask Polytech applied research project with Tim Muench, program head, and Lorne Diakow, instructor for the CAD/CAM and Mechanical Engineering programs. These high-flow printing nozzles are crucial to the project; Printron could not print the camper without them.

“This leading edge applied research partnership creates unique learning opportunities for our students. They are provided the opportunity for first-hand experience with ground-breaking technology, and exposure to new career options,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. "We have a great applied research relationship with Create Café, with countless synergies. This is another example of being able to learn from each other and share Sask Polytech’s expertise to support industry in solving every day, real-world problems.”

The main benefits of The Wave over traditionally manufactured campers are:

  • 100 year life expectancy- PETG is a commonly used 3D printing material and can be recycled just like a pop bottle, is abrasion resistant, and eliminates water damage.
  • One-piece print - The unibody design produces a stronger structure and reduces manual labour.
  • Fully customizable- including colour, windows, layout, and appliances.

Don’t miss this behind the scenes look at creating one of the largest 3D prints in Canada!

Media are requested to call in advance for interviews and viewings.

Create Café 3D Printing Solutions Inc. is a professional services café that focuses on education and business solutions through 3D printing. Create Café is a growing team of innovators with a specific interest in additive manufacturing, software development, and creating a sustainable future. Our team is devoted to bringing 3D Printing across Canada while building upon the global open sourced projects that started the consumer printer revolution. Our backgrounds in Business, Design, Mechanical Engineering, Machining, and Sales gives us the ability to execute a full product cycle with very short lead times.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

Sask Polytech printing nozzels for Create Cafe

Printron at Create Cafe