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: Objects
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
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
Welcome to the new year 2012. An old song by Shriekback might wish you “Health and knowledge and wealth and power, passion and poems and sex” Richard Bach has said that the only two real reasons for being here on … Continue reading
I spent yesterday evening carefully adding to my raygun model in OpenSCAD. The image to the left is a screen capture. This morning I told my Mendel Prusa to print the model in clear PLA plastic. This is my first … Continue reading
With apologies to William Congreve. I’m still fighting to get the OpenSCAD 3D solid geometry modelling software working again. I want to get back to my raygun modelling. And Bioluminescence’s polypipe construction pieces. And all the other cool geometric stuff … Continue reading
I’ve started working on a simple design for a printable modular raygun. The image to the left shows a 1/5th scale prototype print. The problem is warping. This is a wide and shallow print. Each half of the raygun is … Continue reading