Video of the early Chipfuzer version
|Chipfuzer DIY metal 3d printer|
|Chipfuzer print chamber|
|Some metal particles 3d objects printed / welded by Chipfuzer|
|Chipfuzer DIY metal 3d printer with electronics|
|More advanced DIY 3d printed metal part|
|Printed metal part mounted on functional part (linear actuator probably)|
Mark writes this about his machine:
"The printed parts are metal. I am using high voltage and electrostatic depositing.....sorta.. in a bizarre looking chamber with a rotating building pedestal, a hopper with a tube of fine metal particles(from my bandsaw), and did I mention high voltage? Lots of snapping, popping, and sort of a welding sound....but its fast. The shapes are pretty simplistic to start off, and as can be seen grainy finish, but much to my surprise stable enough to sand and machine a bit.
In the very early stages, will report more later....."
I asked him about this machine and he wrote me this:
Right now still a work in progress but getting better every day. I am now designing safety features in it as it uses rather high voltage. I have been making electrode redesigns, HV power supply filtering(to eliminate RFI) and hoping to scrounge up some more electronics to make a second machine. The last few days I have been designing a 3D scanner that will scan parts to be made on/for this machine.
When the machine is ready for primetime, I have every intention of open sourcing it.
More detailed technical information about it are unavailable at the moment.
I'll keep my eye on this cool project and I hope it grows. Metal 3d printing would be great step forward for DIY community.
Mark Miller Google+ profile with more information on Chipfuzer:
Here is a new MIG welder based open source metal 3d printer:
Here is the Chipfuzer V 2.0 - smaller and better: