What is Desktop 3D Printing?
Imagine a robot that sits on your desk, and builds anything you tell it to from a spool of bioplastic.
Imagine that it makes these things by heating up the plastic then squeezing it out like toothpaste from a tube. Imagine it smells faintly of caramelizing sugar.
Imagine that the designs for the printer, the software that runs it, the software that designs things to be printed, and almost infinite quantities of pre-made designs, are all free.
And imagine that if you are smart, you can buy the parts to build the printer for $500. Or if you are smarter, you can buy a kit of guaranteed compatible parts for $825.
I don't have to imagine any of that, I've got it sitting on my desk right now.
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Monthly Archives: November 2011
Especially if you concentrate on organic, irregular shapes! Here are photos of the first five objects to come off my printer’s bed, with no more alignment and setup than (mostly) leveling the bed. Oh, and eventually finding out where to … Continue reading
Now I have a chance to show some photos of my 3D printer finished and set up. If you haven’t seen one before, this will show you what a MakerGear Mendel Prusa kit looks like once it is assembled. Then … Continue reading
MarkC reminded me I hadn’t written anything about the very first step in getting the ATX supply working. I’ve updated this post yet again, so all the information is in one place.
I still can’t get the bruthead to feed the beginning of a new length of filament directly into the groovemount. It runs fine past the gearhead, and down through the bottom of the printed plastic piece, but it never quite … Continue reading
I’ve just updated this post with a much more detailed explanation of how to use the ATX power supply to cure the heat-core. Thanks to MC for politely pointing out that I had been doing more armwaving than explaining. If … Continue reading
Especially for the ‘visually oriented’ here’s a post showing how I have my workspace organised. (I need it organised or I get very grumpy when I can’t find the tool I need.) Less words than usual, and a bunch of … Continue reading
Since I’ve already received word that my write-up on the mechanical build was useful, here are some similar notes on building the hot-end and extruder. The overview instruction page is on the MakerGear website. I’ll go through the sub-pages step-by-step. … Continue reading