Digital Fabrication at Alfred High-end 3D printer art - Boing Boing 3D printers are great for complex engineering projects, but what happens when you try to get creative with it? Most artists obsessed with digital fabrication opt for milling machines or laser etching–which are cheaper and easier to access–but some have stuck with rapid prototyping (aka rapid manufacturing) because building ultra-precise objects out of nothing is undeniably awesome. Can you imagine if Torolf Sauermann tried to make this snail shell-esque math art using a pottery kiln? NY art collective Commonwealth made the body of this mask with light-sensitive plastic in a stereo lithographic printer and then spent 20 hours attaching strands of pony hair to it. Designer Janne Kyttanen made this iPod shoulder bag using laser sintered polyamide. New York native Roxy Paine makes cool machines like automatic sculpture maker called the SCUMAK, which spits out randomly-shaped red-pigmented plastic blobs onto a conveyor belt at random intervals. Photo: Brad Estes
The Effect of University Monopoly Licensing in 3d Printing | Research Enterprise Inkjet powder 3d printers provide a useful case study for the effects of university exclusive patent licensing. In the early 90s, MIT researchers developed inkjet 3d printers. They built off much of the technology platform used for selective laser sintering powder-bed printers, which had been developed at the University of Texas in the mid 1980s, with a series of patents issuing. Here’s a brief overview. The feed and build tables, the counter-rotating roller used for spreading the powder, and the idea of storing a control file in computer memory to control the build were all out there, available to be used. The idea of building things out of powders in layers goes back yet earlier–to at least the work of Ross Housholder, who patented in 1981 an approach using heat to selectively bind powder deposited in layers. In 1979, Joseph Beaman, with a doctorate from MIT, goes to the University of Texas and coins the term “solid freeform fabrication”. 1. This is pretty basic. 1. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Metrix Create:Space Because of who we are (hackers of all ages) and where we are (residential/business district), when we decided to set up PCB Fabrication for our electronics work, we decided it had to follow some strict guidelines. Our lab had to be safe. It had to be capable. It had to be fast. We started down our path and built it, without compromise. Strangely, our choices led us to build out more than just a chemical free workspace. The Advanced Circuits Lab at Metrix Create:Space is our most cutting edge process and currently the fastest way to prototype sophisticated electronics that we are aware of. The Advanced Circuits Lab is incredibly safe as it does not involve hazardous chemical storage or waste. We can now create boards with advanced features and better than chemical accuracy using a completely dry process. Our main machine is a LPKF Protolaser S that directly ablates copper, gold and other metals from laminates, ceramics and polyamide films. Our process is extremely accurate.
3D Printing's Rule 34 - Fabbaloo Blog - Fabbaloo Charles Stross's latest science fiction novel, Rule 34, includes a whole lot of deep thinking on the implications of widespread 3D printing. We've discussed some of these issues before, but Stross's novel proposes another more aggressive solution: forbidden shapes. In other words, 3D printers could be rigged to detect and prevent the production of certain objects deemed illegal. The printers may even report you for attempting such, too. This isn't without precedent; for many years common office photocopiers have had secret built-in code to detect the copying of currency. We think someone will try to put such constraints on 3D printers, but ultimately they will fail. What's a bad object? Cory Doctorow expresses his thoughts on this matter in a recent Make article. In Stross’ world, as in our own, the regulatory response is to build devices that have internal snitches that check to see if their owners are running naughty unlocking programs. Oh and why "Rule 34"?
Scorching the 3dp Earth This is an important time in the development of 3d printing. We have just cleared nearly two decades of the fundamental MIT patents on 3d printing using powders, and although there is a tangle of improvement patents on particular forms of 3dp technology, we have some hope of opening up development activities from its university-created, monopolistic roots. Recently Michael Weinberg at Public Knowledge published an important essay on the prospect of intellectual property issues slowing the development of 3d printing. These are important things to consider, but I fear the biggest threat to 3d printing may well be coming from universities, and in particular from university technology transfer offices fixated on filing early-stage patents and holding to a coarse idea of “commercialization”, which to them means “make money by licensing”. This activity is said to be in the public interest. Look at 3d printing. There’s another argument that says: “who cares if it is a public benefit?
A RepRap Breeding Program Calibration This page has been flagged as containing duplicate material that RepRapSoftwareTweakingManual also attempts to cover.These pages should be merged such that both pages do not attempt to cover the duplicate topics. ANNOUNCEMENT: If you search for the latest up-to-date guide please take a look at Triffid's Guide. Calibration is the collection of mechanical "tweaking" processes needed to get exact, quality prints. While your RepRap machine may be working as far as the electronics are concerned, calibration is necessary to have well printed parts. Without calibration, prints may not be the correct dimensions, they may not stick to the build surface, and a variety of other not-so-wanted effects can occur. Once you have finished the physical build of your RepRap printer, calibration is the next big hurdle. The following set of objects and notes are taken (and edited) from Coasterman who posted them to Thingiverse. Before attempting calibration, a few things are necessary: Motherboard Symptoms Glass
not_available RepRapWiki RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend... RepRap is about making self-replicating machines, and making them freely available for the benefit of everyone. Reprap.org is a community project, which means you are welcome to edit most pages on this site, or better yet, create new pages of your own. RepRap was the first of the low-cost 3D printers, and the RepRap Project started the open-source 3D printer revolution. RepRap was voted the most significant 3D-printed object in 2017.
Affordable Options: Ceramics Meets 3D Printing by Desktop Engineering Making do with less has become a recurrent theme that has surfaced as a result of the global economy. Yet University of Washington (UW) mechanical engineering professor and longtime practitioner of 3D printing, Mark Ganter, has been addressing the high cost of commercial materials and experimenting with his own material formulas for some time now. Five years ago, with the help of his graduate students, he developed a home brewed material, using a mix of artists’ ceramic powder blended with sugar and maltodextrin, a food additive. For the past 15 years, Ganter has taught an engineering course that introduces students to rapid prototyping, attracting not only engineering students but those from art and architecture as well. "When powders are $30 a pound, I can't let students try something new or experimental," Ganter said. The research was spurred by cost realities: lab fees are high and somewhat intractable, but materials can be made more cheaply.
Combination CNC Machine and 3D Printer How to make your own 2D CNC machine that converts into a 3D Printer and back to a CNC machine in less than an hour. Costing less than a CNC machine or 3D printer! (~$1,000.00) In addition, the design will go further than the traditional 3D printer printing ABS/PLA, and move forward to printing with new materials such as 3D Printing Nylon derivatives like tauman 618 as well as Acrylic and PET. Latest Updates to this Instructable as of 9/12/2012: 1. There is a full 2BEIGH3 update here, along with a source for Nylon 3D Printing material here. 2. As a sample of the unique new properties of just one of these new materials, Here is a 3D Print of a Childs NYLON Prosthetic Insole on the 2BEIGH3 3D Printer. With the 3D Printer configuration of the 2BEIGH3, you will be able to print parts that meet much higher standards for strength, flexibility and pliability.
3D-printed dress for Dita Von Teese New York designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti have created a 3D-printed dress for burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. Images above and top by Albert Sanchez. Designed by Schmidt and generated by Bitonti, the floor-length nylon gown was made using selective laser sintering (SLS), where material is built up in layers from plastic powder fused together with a laser. The rigid plastic components are fully articulated to create a netted structure that allows for movement. Draped over a nude silk corset, the black-lacquered dress is cinched in at the waist and exaggerated at the shoulders, and embellished with 12,000 Swarovski crystals. It was unveiled during an event at the Ace Hotel in New York earlier this week, as part of a showcase of products organised by 3D printing marketplace Shapeways, who printed the dress and were also behind the 3D-printed bikini we showed a couple of years ago. Photos are by Jeff Meltz unless otherwise stated. Mr.