This Video goes for about 3 mins to long but its shows a great time lapse of a decent size print on a RapMan 3 Continue Reading →
Although the RapMan does not really involve working with wood, it can be of great assistance to wood workers and DIY people alike, so if your heading down to the Timber and Wood Working Expo this weekend (15th – 17th September) at the Melbourne Show Grounds keep your eye out for a RapMan which will be on display printing out part, after part, after part! Continue Reading →
The Australian distributor of the RapMan 3D printers were kind enough to lend us a RapMan Version 3.1 kit to build, review, run some test prints and just get our opinion on the machine. After having recently built a Makerbot Cupcake CNC we still had our tools at the ready and we’re keen to jump into another build. The RapMan Version 3.1 is an entry level 3D printer and retails for just over $2,500 AUD.
We just finished our Makerbot Cupcake CNC build. The main build process only took around 4-5 hours but we chewed up a lot more time trying to get the Plastruder Mk4 working correctly. Continue Reading →
MakerBot, creators of the Cupcake CNC 3D printer have just announced their latest offering, The Thing-O-Matic. Its basically a Cupcake CNC with an automated build platform that allows you to build part after part after part with out having to attend to the machine when each part finishes. This is a great offering considering how long these things take to print decent sized parts.
Software Freedom Day 2010 was held on the weekend a the Melbourne State Library. Tim form OSGUI reported from the event and spoke to a number of the open source community, including Melbourne Hack Space about Arduino & Lego NXT platforms for robotics and 3D Printers including a Maker-Bot/Rip Rap demonstration. Check out the video.
I’m not saying that this idea is new as it’s the whole essences of the RepRap project but this is a really nice video. Gavilan Steinman uses his old RapRap Darwin to upgrade the extruder on the machine to then get a better build quality so that he can print parts to make a new RepRap Mendel. Get it? Anyway just watch the video its more fun!!
This is a cool way to turn a MakerBot into a production line. Normally your restricted to as many parts as you can nest within the small cupcake size built platform, but by adding this cool convey-belt system many many parts are able to be printed one after the other. It looks like the MakerBot Cupcake CNC is taking the home factory into full production.
What can be made on a 3D printer, or should we be saying what can’t be made on a 3D printer. The list of what has been made on a 3D printer gets longer and longer everyday and with the mainstreaming of affordable 3D printing systems such as the RapMan 3.1 this isn’t going to stop anytime soon. Continue Reading →
The RapMan 3.1 was recently award the BETT Award for Best Digital Device at the 2010 BETT show – the world’s largest Technology Education event. Its great to see this type of technology getting so much attention from the Education industry and it makes me wish I had access to devices like affordable 3D printers when I was at school. By the time these kids finish school, affordable 3D printers will be main stream devices and a common site in every house and office…I hope!!
“I’d be a little concerned if I owned a toy producing factory right about now!”