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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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
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
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 .
Arthur C. Clarke is an author famous for many things, including formulating a set of laws which includes “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. At half-past midnight two nights ago, I saw a design for a 10mm spanner … Continue reading