Mar 15, 2013, 8:20 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Is that the helmet? What material does your printer work in? I always kinda geek out a little inside when I read about 3-d printers and such, it is cool to see that you are experimenting with a new large scale printer, I am sure everyone would love more details, about material and cost and even the name of this 3-d printer
Mar 15, 2013, 8:31 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
The printer hasnt been names yet! Any ideas? Lol
Well the helmet is printed in PLA but does ABS aswell! cost of machine isnt conclusive as it needs alot of parts and features!
Im hoping to charge a good fraction less then online 3d companies but cant give a solid price as of yet!
Mar 15, 2013, 10:31 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
4x4x4 feet?! I thought the one on kickstarter was ambitious at 2x2x2 feet. dwarfs the Maker2 we have at work . . .
Love to see pics of the printer.
Mar 15, 2013, 11:53 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
The final printer will also consist of a heated print plate and a heated enclosur plus upgraded extruders.
Is the makerbot 2 any good?
Mar 15, 2013, 5:40 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
it looks cool I wish you would have better pictures, good luck man I can wait to se how it goes I will like to do 3D Print but I haven't been able to find a cheap printer
Mar 15, 2013, 6:30 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Will get some better images. This is just the test print tho (full helmet wasnt printed because of wasting plastics), really sturdy stuff tho!
Mar 15, 2013, 10:10 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Hi Rick - Ive been looking at one of these SUMPOD MEGA ? SUMPOD
Only prints in PLA but nice build area (600 x 600 x 600mm)for not much more than the smaller machines
My interest is for prototyping for fibreglass builds - I love the symmetry/accuracy that you can get with 3d printing
Will keep watching
Mar 15, 2013, 10:15 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Plus you are not far away - maybe I'll be buying the RIM (rickironman) Printer instead
Mar 16, 2013, 4:59 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
The big mission is to provide a cheaper service for 3d printing- which I think we can easily achieve. 4x4x4 feet means we can print large builds which takes away alot of limitations to what you can order to be printed
Where abouts are you from?
Mar 16, 2013, 5:54 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Mar 16, 2013, 5:58 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Mar 16, 2013, 6:04 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
My Ideal Printer would have a build size of 6'6" x 3'6" x 2'6" - Whole suit size
Mar 16, 2013, 6:07 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Hah we are going to try 5x5x5 feet with a custome heat plate when we have correctly adjusted the extruders. The filabot had big health and saftey risks apparently! !
When all is calibrated I would love to print out the ironman suits!!
Mar 16, 2013, 6:51 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
5 x 5 x 5 = 125 cubic feet Print size
6.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 = 57 cubic feet Print size
You could make it tardis size, so it stands in a corner and prints from the soles of the feet up
Mar 16, 2013, 12:00 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
I haven't had time to play with the makerbot, itfs installed in our Digiplayspace exhibit right now. It seems to run well from what I've seen, and the kids who see it love the idea of downloading toys and them printing them.
I did get permission took print the parts I need for my mendelmax printer on it.
Mar 17, 2013, 8:02 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Hopefully get anothet test print done soon with a heated plate
Mar 17, 2013, 9:18 AM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
3D printing is the future (as much as it pains me to say, in some ways. The hands on maker in me distrusts it because it can see an end of an era, the techno geek in me revels in it becaus it sees the beggining of a new one ).
There have been some developments in the materials able to be used by 3D printers (some still theory, some prototypes). The materials include battery polymers, metals, ceramics and many more will follow.
When you said about the kids loving the idea of downloading a toy and printing it, I truely believe that's exactly how most products will be bought in the future when 3D printers are in every household (think back when only a select few could afford a home computer, now only a select few don't have a computer).
Instead of having to plough money into the development of a physical product, which can be costly if it flops, all the elements will be designed into the 3D models which are cheaper to develope, and don't need an outlay for meterials and all the R&D.
It's not hard to imagine the possibilities once you get your head round the idea. Want a fully working RC hellicoptor and controller right out of the printer, moving parts, different materials, internal batteries, the lot? Or perhaps a printed PCBs with all the componants already in place, no need for soldering.
Replica props will take on a whole new level once the full potential is realised, coupled with plastic electronics (conductive plastics are already in development), all the componants and circuits could be flat printed into say, the armour plates of an ironman suit.... No more bulky battery packs or PCBs to stash in awkward shaped spaces.
Most of my drivel comes from new scientist, Ted talks and a friend of mine that works at Salford university as a lecturer in electro magnetic theory/reaserch fellow, but I happen to like the topic of 3D printing so dig around for titbits, and this is my prediction based on what I have learned so far.
*edit* P.S Awsome work regarding the print area, that's enormous! looking forward to seeing more
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Mar 18, 2013, 8:25 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
How about 3DD Printers. Tagline: Our builds runneth over.
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Mar 19, 2013, 8:25 AM - Re: Re: Experimental 3D printer
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Mar 19, 2013, 12:54 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
Mar 19, 2013, 5:59 PM - Re: Experimental 3D printer
hanging to get my hands on something with a decent build volume.
6"x6"x6" isnt doing it for my on my current printer :P
that along with dual extruders with a water soluble support material would be awesome.
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