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.
We saw a lot of different hardware designs for 3D printers lately. Personal and customized fabrication of small items and sharing their fabrication plans is a real hype at the moment. I am really curious in what direction this personal fabrication movement will drift in the next years. Platforms such as Thingiverse offer a broad spectrum of creative-commons fabrication designs. Thousands of people are creating and sharing new fabrication designs every day.
Beside the classic 3D printing automatas, there are of course other methods like laser cutting, bending, milling, CNC drilling, painting, plotting or assembly automation. PopFab combines a lot of these fabrication methods within one portable fabrication multitool, which can take and use whatever tool you would like to assemble. It’s heart is a computer controlled motion platform which is designed to attach a multitude of different toolheads on it. Current toolheads allow 3D printing, milling, vinyl cutting and drawing. PopFab has already travelled the world from Saudi Arabia, Germany and the USA in its very handy carry-on box. Following video shows the drawing capabilities of PopFab in detail:
The FabCafe opened in Shibuya, Tokyo in March of this year (See Matt Richardson’s post on Makezine.com). It’s a place where people can sip coffee and design things to be fabricated on the spot using FabCafe’s in-house laser cutter (2000 JPY for 30 mins). The FabCafe is run by run by Loftwork and creative directors Toshiya Fukuda.