Archive for May, 2012

Learning From Other People’s Failures

Learning From Other People’s Failures

One of the major factors that differentiates mankind from other animals on the planet is our ability to capture and share knowledge. And, the most important knowledge that needs to be preserved and proliferated is our failures. We learn much more from failing than we do when we succeed. That’s especially true in emerging fields [...]

Create What You Want When You Can’t Buy It

Create What You Want When You Can’t Buy It

One of the reasons I am totally in love with 3D printing is that it provides users with the ability to quickly, easily, and cheaply create tools that they need but either can’t purchase or can’t afford. A great example is this 3D printed microscope specimen micro-manipulator. It allows users to precisely position objects under [...]

Printing  More Than Plastic

Printing More Than Plastic

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a RepRap machine is only for printing plastic, like ABS or PLA, but that would be a big mistake. Of course, the original RepRap concept was to create a machine that could produce a clone of itself using additive techniques like melting and depositing plastic [...]

3D Printers and RepRap Are All Over The Map

3D Printers and RepRap Are All Over The Map

It would be great if we could get some accurate, or even reasonably accurate, statistics on the actual number of RepRap printers spread across the world. I do know that there are some centers of activity, or RepRap clusters, especially in the U.K. While many of the builders are associated with a nearby hackerspace or [...]

3D Printing a Hobby Lathe(Video)

3D Printing a Hobby Lathe(Video)

Sublime (Brad) at Tantillus.org printed a fully functional hobby lathe using PLA plastic capable of cutting metal parts. Each of the parts necessary to build the lathe was small enough that they could be produced on an affordable 3D printer within the budget of most robot hobbyists. The lathe design was the result of contributions from many people, though [...]

Pushing the Curve: RepRap printed circuit boards

Pushing the Curve: RepRap printed circuit boards

The vast majority of RepRap users seem to be printing fairly simple plastic parts in PLA or ABS. But some hardy souls seem to be pushing the envelope by trying to extend RepRap designs into totally new territories, like printing electronic circuit boards. According to the Ponoko blog, Rhys Jones is trying to pioneer this [...]

Personalized Pez Dispensers

Personalized Pez Dispensers

Thanks to Makerbot, Kacieriann has a personalized Pez dispenser featuring her own head.

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