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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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
While I’ve been blogging or setting up software lately, my printer has been busily printing cool objects from Thingiverse. Things like this “Dalek Remeshed” by tbuser. I think I need to drill two tiny holes to attach the eyestalk and … Continue reading
One of the many cool things about Makerbot’s Thingiverse web site is that it lets makers easily link things that they’ve made back to the design that they used. Last night I bravely printed this beautiful Pirate Ship, designed by … Continue reading
I’m working hard on writing up my electronics assembly notes for my Makergear Mendel Prusa, but off to one side my printer is faithfully assembling molecules into magic, printing a Dragon’s head .
I loved model villages and buildings as a kid in the 70s. ‘Sim City’ made city simulation fun again. Thanks to Skimbal, we can make Sim City styled buildings with our printers, and play “Crush, Crumble and Chomp” or Godzilla … Continue reading
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