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Open Source, cheap 3-D "Printer"

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:39 am    Post subject: Open Source, cheap 3-D "Printer" Reply with quote

Desktop fabricator may kick-start home revolution

A cheap self-assembly device capable of fabricating 3D objects has been developed by US researchers.
The standard version of their Freeform fabricator or "fabber" is about the size of a microwave oven and can be assembled for around $2400 (1200). It can generate 3D objects from plastic and various other materials. Full documentation on how to build and operate the machine, along with all the software required, are available on the Fab@Home website, and all designs, documents and software have been released for free.
The machine connects to a desktop computer running software that controls its operation. It then creates objects layer-by-layer by squeezing material from mechanically-controlled syringe.


http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn10922-desktop-fabricator-may-kickstart-home-revolution.html

A video of the machine operating can also been seen here.

http://web.mae.cornell.edu/ccsl/temp/EvanMalone/FabAtHome/SqueezeBulbDemoMovie.wmv
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good product
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