LulzBot, a company based in Colorado, designs leightweight and easy to use 3D Printing hardware. Their latest model is called ‘AO-101 3D Printer’ and costs around $1.725, which is quite low for a full 3D Printer that turns your CAD models into reality. The affordable LulzBot 3D Printer is prefectly designed for makers, inventors and entrepreneurs who create new things on their desktops. LulzBot emphasises open community communication according to 3D Printer hardware specifications, to share and improve the printer as well as its software. See our list of already discussed 3D Printers, such as the 3D Paper Printer or the solid frame 3D Eventorbot Printer.
Mcor Technologies recently published a paper printing 3D printer, that allows to print complex 3D objects out of paper, as you can see within the video below. While most popular 3D printer use some kind of plastic molding, like MakerBot, Eventorbot or Tangibot, the Paper 3D Printer – the Matrix 300 uses paper as the basic forming material. Therefore the material costs are still up to 50 times less expensive than traditional plastic molding. The process uses A4 paper and a water based adhesive which makes the output eco-friendly.
Eventorbot is a 100% solid Open Source 3D Printer. You can build this desktop fabrication device with less materials according to the fact that it’s frame is made of aa single 4′ long, 2 1/2” square tube. This tube is giving the entire 3D printer a solid frame design, that reduces vibration during the printing process. All the wires are hidden within the frame, that costs less than 20$. The reduction of vibration results in a much better print result compared to other 3D Printer models.
TangiBot, the latest clone design of the popular Makerbot 3D printer, should offer the same performance and features as the original printer, by 33% reduced costs. Matt Strong, the creator of the clone MakerBot 3D printer Kickstarter pledge, tries to rise 500K $ for his project. Matt describes himself as an 3D printing enthusiast who is creating and printing stuff since several years now. TangiBot is one of the latest initiatives in the hyped area of desktop fabrication. Citing Kickstarter you can TangiBot for 1.254 bucks directly shipped to your door worldwide. The TangiBot prints anything you can imagine out of ABS plastic (and PLA). ABS is the same plastic used in Lego. You can design your own parts using free tools like tinkerCAD.com or Google Sketchup.
Platforms like Tingiverse offer thousands of open source 3D printing designs for all kind of purposes, ranging from play figures to machinery parts.
Beside the hyped 3D printing technology other similar projects try to establish desktop assembly and fabrication. PopFab for example implements a portable multitool robot for assembly and processing steps such as drilling, painting or even customized toolheads.
The PWDR 0.1 is a powder-based rapid prototyping printer, designed and initiated by the University of Twente. Its goal is to promote experiments and innovations in powder-based rapid-prototyping. The machine is ready to use both the 3DP as the SLS process with minimal adaption, although the printer is currently prepped for 3DP. The printer entirely consists of off-the-shelf components. It has a simple design and can be built within a couple of hours. The machine is easy and affordable to build, the entire collection of building parts for a Model 0.1 machine cost around €1000,-. PWDR’s software is able to convert a CAD model in a printable format. This file is then uploaded to the Pwdr micro-controller. The Pwdr Model 0.1 software is based on open source tools like Arduino and Processing.
Makezine just announced the first regular meeting of 3DPPVD, a monthly meeting for people who are fabricating things with MakerBot, RepRap, other 3D printers. The 3DPPVD enables the expert to meet and discuss about all forms of digital fabrication. Their first meeting will be on Wednesday July 11th at AS220 Labs (AS220 Mercantile Block, 131 Washington St (Entrance on Lucie Way), Providence, Ri) from 7pm until they kick them out.
3D printing seems to be the next big thing, especially when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. In her TED talk, Lisa Harouni gives a good introduction to this fascinating way of producing things — including intricate objects once impossible to create.
Lisa Harouni is the co-founder of Digital Forming, working in “additive manufacturing”, or 3D printing.
John Foster the maker and author of the fosterbot, a nice little 3D printer that was derived from the previously published Thing-O-Matic 3D Printer, just published his blueprints and instructables on Thingiverse for everyone who would like to make such a handy tool for himselve. He published all the necessary .dxf CAD files and a detailed description how to assemble such a 3D printer as well as good hints where to get the acryl panels laser cut. Its a real nice description to build a 3D printer for yourself, thanks a lot John!
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