3D Printing
Arianna Schlegel & Edward Iglesias
The Technologies of Makerspaces
NERCOMP
October 21, 2013
The History
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prehistory: paper (2D) printing (Gutenberg press to computer inkjet)
1980s:
○ Charles Hull inven...
History Infographic
by T. Rowe Price
see: http://www.
engineering.
com/3DPrinting/3DPrint
ingArticles/ArticleID/62
62/Info...
A Short & Fun History Video
The Big Players
(The ones you’ll want to consider as
first choices for your own makerspace.)
● MakerBot Replicator 2 or 2X...
MakerBot Replicator 2 ($2199)
http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html

Pros:
full-featured
personal 3D printer
Cons:
le...
PrintrBot Simple ($299)
http://printrbot.com/shop/printrbot-simple/
Pros:
price
Cons:
not so pretty
RepRap ($520 unassembled)
http://www.reprappro.com/
Pros:
open source, and
makes (some of)
itself!
Cons:
again,
very
bare-...
Eventorbot ($799 assembled; $300-500 DIY)
http://printrbot.com/shop/printrbot-simple/
Pros:
“The Mission and challenge beh...
Cubify Cube ($1299)
http://cubify.com/cube/
Pros:
sleek, simplistic
(plug & play),
available at Staples,
wifi-enabled, ful...
Fablicator ($3495)
http://www.fablicator.com/
Pros:
has its own
Windows computer
Cons:
???
Formlabs Form1 ($3299)
http://formlabs.com/
Pros:
out-of-the-box; uses
stereolithography (SL)
instead of plastic
extrusion...
New Valence Robotics ($--)
http://www.nvbots.com/
All they have right now is a website
where you can sign up for their
mai...
3D Printers to Watch
@ MAKE.com:
http://makezine.com/magazine/make-ultimate-guide-to-3dprinting/3d-printers-to-watch/
What to Look For
● printing features
● printer design
● included components
● connectivity
● help & support
(from http://3...
Comparisons
Printer

Plastic

Printable Size

Res*

Cost

EventorBot

ABS/PLA

8.0” x 10.0” x 6.0”

50m

$799

Cubify Cube...
Price Compare List Online

http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters/
The Future: 3D Writing
The Future: CandyFab
Layers sugar by using hot air.

http://www.candyfab.org/
The Future: GE Making History
(2016)

Use of additive
manufacturing on a large
scale.
http://www.fool.
com/investing/gener...
The Future: Bioprinting
Resources
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http://www.engineering.com/3DPrinting/3DPrintingArticles/ArticleID/6262/Infographic-The-History-of-3D-P...
Let’s Not Go There...

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to avoid adult
language &
content.)
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  1. 1. 3D Printing Arianna Schlegel & Edward Iglesias The Technologies of Makerspaces NERCOMP October 21, 2013
  2. 2. The History ● ● ● ● ● ● prehistory: paper (2D) printing (Gutenberg press to computer inkjet) 1980s: ○ Charles Hull invents stereolithography & founds 3D Systems (1983) ○ S. Scott Crump & FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 1993: MIT patents “3 Dimensional Printing Techniques” 1996: The term “3D printer” changes meaning from rapid prototyping machine to actual 3D printer 2005: Z Corp’s Spectrum Z510 - the first HD 3D color printer on the market 2006-08: RepRap’s open source project (manufactures ~50% of its own parts) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_prototyping
  3. 3. History Infographic by T. Rowe Price see: http://www. engineering. com/3DPrinting/3DPrint ingArticles/ArticleID/62 62/Infographic-TheHistory-of-3D-Printing. aspx
  4. 4. A Short & Fun History Video
  5. 5. The Big Players (The ones you’ll want to consider as first choices for your own makerspace.) ● MakerBot Replicator 2 or 2X ● PrintrBot Simple ● RepRap ● EventorBot ● Cubify Cube or CubeX ● The Fablicator ● Formlabs Form1 ● New Valance Robotics
  6. 6. MakerBot Replicator 2 ($2199) http://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html Pros: full-featured personal 3D printer Cons: learning curve
  7. 7. PrintrBot Simple ($299) http://printrbot.com/shop/printrbot-simple/ Pros: price Cons: not so pretty
  8. 8. RepRap ($520 unassembled) http://www.reprappro.com/ Pros: open source, and makes (some of) itself! Cons: again, very bare-bones
  9. 9. Eventorbot ($799 assembled; $300-500 DIY) http://printrbot.com/shop/printrbot-simple/ Pros: “The Mission and challenge behind Eventorbot, was to build a rigid, low cost 3D printer. Using less parts, easy to assemble, and is capable to self replicate most of its parts. It is 100% open source project, and all plans are available for anyone interested. 80% of the Eventorbots parts are printable. With the single solid steel frame, it eliminates 40% of parts and cost that other 3D printers uses for a housing and structure. Making it easier and more affordable for anyone to own a 3D Printer.” Cons: distinctions from RepRap?
  10. 10. Cubify Cube ($1299) http://cubify.com/cube/ Pros: sleek, simplistic (plug & play), available at Staples, wifi-enabled, fully assembled Cons: limited capacity, size (5.5 cubic inches), poor software
  11. 11. Fablicator ($3495) http://www.fablicator.com/ Pros: has its own Windows computer Cons: ???
  12. 12. Formlabs Form1 ($3299) http://formlabs.com/ Pros: out-of-the-box; uses stereolithography (SL) instead of plastic extrusion (FLM) Cons: not yet released
  13. 13. New Valence Robotics ($--) http://www.nvbots.com/ All they have right now is a website where you can sign up for their mailing list: Geared towards high schools! (Features remote printer monitoring.)
  14. 14. 3D Printers to Watch @ MAKE.com: http://makezine.com/magazine/make-ultimate-guide-to-3dprinting/3d-printers-to-watch/
  15. 15. What to Look For ● printing features ● printer design ● included components ● connectivity ● help & support (from http://3d-printers.toptenreviews.com/) Always consider your users’ needs!
  16. 16. Comparisons Printer Plastic Printable Size Res* Cost EventorBot ABS/PLA 8.0” x 10.0” x 6.0” 50m $799 Cubify Cube ABS, PLA, or Tough Recyclable or Compostable Plastic 5.5” x 5.5” x 5.5” 200m $1299 The Fablicator ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, Nylon 7.0” x 7.0” x 7.0” 100m $3495 Formlabs Form1 resin 4.9” x 4.9” x 6.5” 25m $3299 MakerBot Replicator 2 MakerBotPL A 11.2” L x 6.0” W x 6.1” H 20m $2199 New Valence Robotics ?? ?? ?? ?? PrintrBot Simple PLA 4.0” x 4.0” x 4.0” 100m $299 RepRap PLA, HDPE, ABS & more 8.0” W x 8.0” D x 5.5” H ~200m $520 * m = microns
  17. 17. Price Compare List Online http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters/
  18. 18. The Future: 3D Writing
  19. 19. The Future: CandyFab Layers sugar by using hot air. http://www.candyfab.org/
  20. 20. The Future: GE Making History (2016) Use of additive manufacturing on a large scale. http://www.fool. com/investing/general/2 013/08/22/generalelectric-set-to-makehistory-with-3-d-prin. aspx
  21. 21. The Future: Bioprinting
  22. 22. Resources ● ● ● ● http://www.engineering.com/3DPrinting/3DPrintingArticles/ArticleID/6262/Infographic-The-History-of-3D-Printing.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing http://www.3ders.org/3d-printing/3d-printing-history.html http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters/
  23. 23. Let’s Not Go There... (Stop @ 1:20 to avoid adult language & content.)

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