Jul 26, 2012

PopFab - factory in a briefcase

PopFab is 3d printer, precision cutter and CNC mill in a briefcase. Portable miniature DIY factory created by two MIT researchers: Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek for true mobile manufacturing. Just bring it along and print anything you need.


You can see a great talk about Making Machines that Make by Nadya Peek here:


Jul 25, 2012


I've been thinking for some time about starting a 3d services small business. It looks like there is a market for it here in Croatia since there are not many companies offering such services. I'm still not sure what should it be, but this is a great example. Moddler. Two man team with Objet Eden 500 V printer.

Moddler from Venturebeat on Vimeo.

Jul 20, 2012

OmNomNom Cretator transforms 2d to 3d

From http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24639 :
What is OmNomNom Creator?

It is a lightweight easy to use software tool to change 2D Images into 3D objects.
You can use it to create 3D Cookie Cutters, Medallions, Logos, Surface Maps, Mazes, QR Codes, Stamps, or for anything where you need to get a 2D image into a 3D project.

Very simple to use, just drag and drop any common image format (gif, jpg, png, tiff etc.) into OmNomNom.

Choose the output format you want, and it will launch OpenScad containing a template of your 3D object.

If you don't use OpenScad, don't worry, the work has been done for you, just create the .stl and print. Changing sizes and dimensions is a breeze.

You can also create your own templates (please post your templates on Thingiverse).

** If OpenSCAD crashes or is slow exporting your models, try the development snapshot of OpenSCAD, I found it worked better **

Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 or later (Lion or later)
Requirement: OpenSCAD 2011.12 or later
Printing: All objects printed on a ToM with single extruder using Jetty Accelerated Firmware and Pause@ZPos

Jul 19, 2012

Rostock delta 3d printer

Rostock delta 3d printer.

Blog with project history: deltabot.tumblr.com
Videos: youtube.com/user/jcrocholl/videos?query=rostock
More pictures: flickr.com/photos/jcrocholl/tags/rostock
More details about parts: thingiverse.com/tag:rostock
OpenSCAD source files: github.com/jcrocholl/rostock
Documentation: reprap.org/wiki/Rostock

Rostock is a delta robot 3D printer prototype with the following design goals:

Build volume: 8x8x16 inches or 200x200x400 mm
Footprint: 12x14 inches
Print surface: 8x8 inches heated glass which never moves
Mass of end effector with two hotends: less than 150g
Positioning speed: 800 mm/s in all 3 directions
Positioning accuracy: at least 30 steps/mm in all 3 directions
Simplicity: fewer than 200 parts (not including washers, nuts and SMD-mounted electronics)
Hardware cost: less than $500 USD