The Pilot Printer is an open source 3d printer designed by 3D Distributed in 2016. The unique printer is a modular machine platform that uses lead screw driven motion to allow for a extended range of applications. Most 3d printers use belt driven motion in the x and y axis to increase print speed but loses quality when more weight is applied to the gantry or carriage. The lead screw used on the Pilot Printer has a high helix pitch with multiple threads to allow increased print speeds while maintaining the quality provided from lead screw and ball screw motion.The robust and rigid system is particularly useful in applications that add more weight to the gantry or carriage. Materials such as clay, chocolate, plastic pellet extrusion or other foods can increase weight that is moved around which results decreased quality or print speeds. Pilot Printer are available to purchase in Machined Component Kit, Hardware Kit or Complete Kit. Currently Pilot Printers fully assembled are only available locally in Houston Texas or for Beta Testers with approval.