[WATCH] South African designed and built 3D printed lawnmower in action

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We’ve written a lot about 3D print pioneer Hans Fouche in the past – a master of bespoke chocolate designs the former F1 engineer’s Kempton Park workshop houses the largest Reprap-style printer I’ve ever seen. Fouche’s Cheetah 3D fills his garage and spews out models that are bigger and quicker to print than you’d imagine.

Previously, Fouche has demonstrated the machine working with chocolate, a paper and plastic mix and even concrete just to see what’s possible with small-scale additive manufacturing. For New Year, however, he turned the monster onto something completely new and printed a working lawnmower, apparently in just nine hours.

The full size mower uses the engine and blades recycled from a rusting wreck and puts them into a prototype plastic frame created on the Cheetah. And apparently it works just fine – see the video below.

[Via 3DPrint.com]

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.