Astounding home built 3d printer

Hacker and engineer Junior Veloso has built an astounding high resolution printer in his own home.

As you can see from the video (just after the fold) Junior’s built an absurdly high resolution 3d printer that could conceivably fit on a desk. As he says on his site, he plans on opening the printer’s source and selling kits after funding it with a Kickstarter run. (more…)

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MeshMixer

Mash your meshes together with a free, fun tool.

Meshmixer, currently a hot topic on Thingiverse, is a versatile little program for mashing up and blending meshes with little to no hassle. It’s intuitive, versatile, and even has some tools for repairing finicky non-manifold meshes.

Yes, this is Bre Pettis as Bethoven

Check out their Youtube stream for tutorials, demos, and cool ideas. Ryan Schmidt, the programmer behind Meshmixer,  is continuously developing new releases,  so don’t be surprised if there’s new functionality in a few months.

I spoke with him recently about creating tools for repairing finicky and self-intersecting geometry to prep it for printing and it looks like we might be seeing a powerful addition to the 3d printing software library soon!

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Makerbot timelapse

Over eight hours of Makerbotting compressed into a few minutes.

I attended the modeLab Interactive Parametrics seminar a month or so ago (check out our previous post on it here) and had the chance to film some Makerbots hard at work. I’ve got to thank Bre Pettis for providing Makerbot troubleshooting, Marius Watz for teaching, modeLab for hosting, and Kidd Video for the music.

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Tree-D printing: 3d printing in wood

Open3DP, a lab designed to explore the potential of 3d printing technologies, has developed a method for printing using wood flour.

Open3DP has been developing new methods and materials for 3d printing since it was founded as a branch of the Solheim Rapid Prototyping Laboratory at the University of Washington. They’ve developed methods for printing using powdered tea, bone, salt, and plaster just to name a few.

One day, sparked by an April fool’s prank by Freedom of Creation, PhD Student Meghan Trainor thought it wouldn’t be all that difficult to actually pull off wood printing. There’s already a cheap, readily available wood powder called wood flour which happens to be just the right density to be fed into their machine. After half a year of experimentation and tweaking Open3DP is pleased to announce their results.

Open3DP uses  a printer that puts out layers of powder that are bound together with a very precisely placed adhesive (much like our own rainbow ceramic printer). One of the fascinating things about this process is that they can switch out materials and adhesives to find exactly the right mix for any of a thousand factors ranging from price, durability, and finish quality.

You can find all the details on their blog and more photos of the process on the Open3DP Flickr stream.

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