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.
I don't have to imagine any of that, I've got it sitting on my desk right now.
Tags I use
- ancient religions
- cycladic figures
- Doctor Who
- Heated Build Platform
- loom tube
- Mendel Prusa
- molex connector
- Pirate Ship
- screw terminal
- solid geometry
- Stepper motors
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Category Archives: 3d printing
Last week, the Aldi supermarket chain in Australia sold 3D printers. They’ve done it before, with a bigger and more expensive printer, but I missed out then. This time they were selling the Cocoon Create Model Maker for AU$300. I … Continue reading
For a while now I’ve been exclusively using Slic3r for converting .stl files to .gcode files, so I can print things on my home-built 3D printer. The current version of Slic3r is 0.7.0, and it does what I expect it … Continue reading
Gary wrote a detailed comment to this post, in which he described his experiences and frustrations with the mechanical side of building his Prusa kit. Rather than respond with another comment, I thought I’d write a post, covering his points.
Rich over at RichRap has just started a series of posts on using Slic3r for preparing STL files for printing, explaining the effects of the various parameters. His first article also includes some good info on calibrating your extruder output, … Continue reading
This is Pep. He’s a purple otter, from the TV show ‘Bear in the Big Blue House’. We found him in an op-shop toy basket in a tiny town surrounded by desert and scorched wheat fields in South Australia. Since … Continue reading