The community begins to experiment
Only a few actual prints have been uploaded by the community (understandable), but already there are a handful of projects just waiting for the hardware to get into people’s hands.
The Make blog has some photos of it mid-print:
Next up is a two-colour bottle opener by Brett Beauregard. There are limits to how small the text can be 3D printed on a hobbyist device, but having two colours is going to make for some great-looking custom promo items:
I made some glow-in-the-dark bottle openers with the Site 3 logo on them earlier this year, so being able to limit the expensive glowing plastic to just the logo portion would be very helpful to me.
It works by differencing and intersecting an existing model against one of Mark’s pre-made patterns to split the model in two, then dual extruding the results. You can make your own patterns to difference against, too.
The number of projects is sure to explode over the next few months, so be sure keep an eye on the “dual” tag on Thingiverse.
Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.