3D Printing

Explaining 3D Printing - 21st Century Machining

How Can YOU Profit from 3D Printing?

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Gutenberg changed the world with the invention of the printing press. Mass communication was improved.

In the 1980s desktop publishing was introduced. Now anyone with a computer and a printer could be a publisher.

Now, 3D printers have been simplified and are coming down in cost. Joe Public can have a part he needs fabricated. There is no need to go to a tool and die maker. You do not need a machinist with a load of tools and machines.

(Pictured is a 3D printed clock. http://cargocollective.com/diligence/3d-printed-clock )
With 3D printing, time and distance are reduced. Imagine being able to recreate broken parts - in the middle of Nowhere!

Video: What is 3D Printing?

Video: 3D Printing - Make What You Want

Content guide

At about 1:00 Bio Printing is explained, showing how ears, noses and finger bones are formed. Tissue is printed, made of cells and "bio-ink." At 2:50 a human kidney is printed. The work is in a preclinical stage with skin reconstruction as a goal.

The history of 3D printing is covered at 4:20 with a mention of the FABRICATED book at 5:30. Food is also a material being used for printing.

At 7:45 the Markerbot printer is featured. 9:00 introduces THINGIVERSE where plans for an assortment of objects can be downloaded.

Gun parts are created at the 9:30 mark and after that the implications of 3D Printing are discussed at 12:40.

VIDEO: Will 3D Printing Change the World? | Off Book | PBS 


3D Printing Link List

Here are more links to get you started in your research about 3D printing.
Wikipedia explains 3D Printing
Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model.
Jay Leno's 3D Printer Replaces Rusty Old Parts
No more need for a personal machinist.
3D printing The printed world
Three-dimensional printing from digital designs will transform manufacturing and allow more people to start making things
Comparison Chart of All 3D Printer Choices
Comparison Chart of All 3D Printer Choices for Approximately $20,000 or Less
Shapeways is a 3D Printing marketplace and community
Examples of 3D work For Sale.
Turn Your Kid's Drawings Into 3D-Printed Sculptures
Kids and art. What can you do for pets?

Video: Bre Pettis Reveals The MakerBot Replicator

CEO and Co-founder of Makerbot Industries Bre Pettis, demonstrates MakerBots 3D printer - The Replicator.


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Afinia 3D Printer H-Series

* Local US product support
* FCC approved
* 3D Printer ideal for rapid prototyping
* Easy and quick out-of-box setup & use
* Only $1499!
* Available in burgundy color
* It is an improved UP! (major enhancements)
* Uses inexpensive ABS plastic
* Under 11 lbs, 245x260x350 mm footprint (10" x 10" x 14")
* Printing envelope over 5" cubed
This 3D printer is FCC approved and comes with local, US support.
Includes easy-to-use software, handling tools, and starter spool of 1.5 lbs ABS plastic filament. Perfect for rapid prototyping!
No mucking about, out of the box the H-Series printer is easy to setup (about 10 minutes), and easy to install using the included software for Mac or PC. Simply use the included utility to calibrate the printhead height, and within minutes you are printing!
The included software features an easy-to-use interface for laying out, orientating, duplicating, and scaling parts. It easily impo...

fabbster Kit 3D Printer, Model 11-1

Technical Data:Max platform size 230mm x 230mm x 210mmRepeatability

Mbot Cube 3d Printer

More information please visit: http://www.mbot3d.com/products/mbot-cube-3d-printer-dual-extruder
Please note this 3d printer is not made by MakerBot, but it is compatible with MakerBot.

The MBot Cube is a affordable big size personal 3D printer made by Magicfirm LLC, with single or dual extrusion (2-color printing)--and a bigger printing size, you can print things much LARGER!

It have a bigger build platform, Max build size: 200x200x200mm

Support dual extruder

Support LCD control

Support SD card print

Starter Gift:

filament x 1 or 2(dual)
3M Blue tape, 2 inch width x 1
small spade x 1
hex tool m3 x 1

This is a new version of personal 3d printer based on MakerBot's Replicator. Thanks for MakerBot's Open Source Project.

Airwolf 3D Printer AW3D V.5 + 1 LB Filament Assembled Prusa Reprap Repstrap

Unleash your imagination and turn your 3d designs into real objects! This a fully-calibrated desktop 3d Printer. Comes with power supply, .5mm nozzle, tempered glass plate and 1 LB of ABS printing filament. Your machine will ship out to you within 7 days and arrive fully operational.
This is a RepRap (RepStrap) 3D printer, born from the ideas of an open source community and as such, can be customized and enhanced. ALL printed parts are made by an Airwolf 3D printer. Every printed part described herein is completely reproducible by you at home. Furthermore, these parts don't take days to print. Most parts can be printed accurately in less than an hour, with no need for any further "calibrations" or firmware adjustments.
You will need to download the appropriate open source software. Upon purchase you will receive 2 hours of phone support (or Skype) during installation and set up, as well as three months of email support. We recommend running Arduino 23 for any firmware change...

FlashForge 3D Printer, Dual Extruder, Including 2 Spools of ABS Filaments

3D printer is a great assistant in designing industry, classrooms and offices. You are able to turn 3d drawing into a solid object at any time at anywhere.

Package Contains:
-The Creator
-Dual Extruder
-2x Spool Holders
-2 spools of ABS filament(default color is white and black, if out of stock, another color will replace.)
-2x filament guide tubes
-Feet and Bolts Kit
-Hex Wrench Kit
-Power Supply Cable
-USB cable
-1x 2G SD card

Technical specifications:

Overall dimensions: 320 x 467 x 381 mm
Packing dimension: 565 x 430 x 525 mm
Shipping Weight: 15kgs

FLashforge MightyBoard single-piece motherboard
5 axis, 1/16 micro-stepping motor control
4x20 LCD character display and multi-direction control pad
Universal Power Supply: 100-240V, 50/60Hz

Software: ReplicatorG
Compatibility: Linux, OSX, and Windows
Print from SD card or over USB
Input file type: STL, gcode,s3g
Build envelope 225 x 145 x 150 mm | 8.9 x 5...


Can 3D Printing be bigger than the Internet?

No $$$ in 3D Printing?

Say it ain't so, Joe.

Long story short, this gentleman says 3D printers are going to have the effect Craigslist had on newspaper classified ads.

There is no money in 3D printing | VoxelFab
This is a good article that explores the roles of printers, printing materials, software and design.

The author concludes that the 3D printers will accelerate the "race to the bottom." But in the meantime there are people who will find a way to make money from 3D printing.

Jobs need to be done and too many folks can not be bothered to read instruction manuals. Time to call some 3D machinists.





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