How do we get 3D printing going in Canberra?

johnboy 13 January 2012 29

3d printer

For some time now pretty much everyone who’s actually smart has been talking about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing.

It feels like it’s at the same stage the internet was in the early 90s.

So we’re about to enter the phase where vast sums will be bet and lost, and made again. All the while old industries will be torn apart and consigned to the dustbin of history.

Now the whole point of 3D printing is you can make things yourself without having to have them shipped from a factory in China.

So the money’s going to be in making the printers.

So I’m interested in what readers think can be done to get Canberra in on a piece of this pie, or if we should even bother?

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Diggety Diggety 2:57 am 15 Jan 12

It’s not often I’d expect something Canberra related to highlight and emphasise technology. Particularly one that may well revolutionise the manufacturing industry- on par with mass sanitation, rather than throwing your mums p00 out the window of an evening.

(Well done RiotACt/johnboy/whomever)

This, along with ink formulation, distribution and supply; and also sintering, curing and solidification of target materials may well localise and liberate the end consumer to a degree we’ve never imagined.

It may well make a city of useless, overpaid, under-worked socialist breeding ground of unnecessary Public Servants partially worthy of their existence.

Get onto it.

gooterz gooterz 6:45 pm 14 Jan 12

nhand42 said :

I built my 3D printer last year and successfully printed another 3D printer in December.

There’s a Canberra forum on the reprap website

http://forums.reprap.org/list.php?256

You can discuss builds and parts. I’d like to organise some meets but interest has been low.

Whats the real cost for something like that in canberra?
i gather most of the parts would be off the internet?

p1 p1 5:00 pm 14 Jan 12

Myles Peterson said :

you wouldn’t download a car…

Forget pirating DVDs, I wanna pirate a DVD player! 🙂

Myles Peterson Myles Peterson 10:40 am 14 Jan 12

you wouldn’t download a car…

nhand42 nhand42 10:55 pm 13 Jan 12

I built my 3D printer last year and successfully printed another 3D printer in December.

There’s a Canberra forum on the reprap website

http://forums.reprap.org/list.php?256

You can discuss builds and parts. I’d like to organise some meets but interest has been low.

gooterz gooterz 8:27 pm 13 Jan 12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=onA-wZt3Zjk&NR=1

Reprap is kinda oldish now.

You can get the kit for about $500 to make your own. But the quality isnt there. Its kinda gimicy, the quality in terms of a dot matrix printer and the speed of one today compared to a high quality inkjet

With the professional machines (the youtube video) they are more like the fine ness of of the inkjet because they basically are.

They print out one layer at a time and then lay over a fine layer of printable power and mix it with ink like a inkjet. They cost between $10,000 – $100,000.

There was also a great XKCD http://xkcd.com/924/

mr_wowtrousers mr_wowtrousers 7:19 pm 13 Jan 12

I was under the impression that ANU had a very high end 3D printer that pretty much does nothing most of the day. Some guys I know who do 3D CG mentioned it a while back as they were looking at punching out some Z-Brush figurine sculpts.

farnarkler farnarkler 6:50 pm 13 Jan 12

If you want to know exactly how the machines work, there is a 9 minute movie on http://www.printo3d.com which shows how a small plastic goblet is made.

farnarkler farnarkler 6:37 pm 13 Jan 12

Get a makerbot thingomatic and off you go. It’s an amazing process to watch the more expensive ($20k plus) machines making something out of a bowl of liquid silicon.

Spectra Spectra 6:32 pm 13 Jan 12

Erg0 said :

Is anyone else concerned that we’re in the process of giving our eventual machine overlords the means to infinitely reproduce?

Trust me on this: Nobody involved in software or hardware development has any fear of “the machines” taking over any time soon 🙂

switch switch 5:52 pm 13 Jan 12

matt31221 said :

So is this 3D printing a gimmick? What can it print? Metal or plastic and biggest question – how the heck does it do it?

Google “reprap” and you’ll know. Lots of youtube videos, too. Basically it is like an inkjet printer that heats up a plastic rod and layers it out as it cools and hardens. Although people have also used chopped up plastic milk bottles as feedstock…

As to what it can print, well the body shells for model trains like the picture on Riotact atm about Yet Another Fast Train Inquiry can be done.

matt31221 matt31221 3:56 pm 13 Jan 12

So is this 3D printing a gimmick? What can it print? Metal or plastic and biggest question – how the heck does it do it?

john87_no1 john87_no1 3:53 pm 13 Jan 12

Apparently concepts for a food printer are already in the works:

http://othersideofscience.com/2011/08/food-printer-a-revolution-in-food/

johnboy johnboy 3:11 pm 13 Jan 12

Erg0 said :

Is anyone else concerned that we’re in the process of giving our eventual machine overlords the means to infinitely reproduce?

hopefully they’ll remember who their friends are.

Erg0 Erg0 3:08 pm 13 Jan 12

Is anyone else concerned that we’re in the process of giving our eventual machine overlords the means to infinitely reproduce?

Baldy Baldy 3:01 pm 13 Jan 12

Hmm a memory has surfaced of reading an article in New Scientist last year about 3D printing and how they are begining to use it to make palnes and cars that aren’t restricted to the old welded metal problems. They were talking about printing into a vat of metal powder and dusting it off afterwards. aybe then i should have looked more into it.

Found it: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20737-3d-printing-the-worlds-first-printed-plane.html

They also have other articles on 3D printing as well.

1967 1967 2:36 pm 13 Jan 12

Don’t we just need to buy one 3D printer, then use it to print more 3D printers?

Aestabjoo Aestabjoo 2:26 pm 13 Jan 12

Ah, fair cop, must be a different artist!

One of the key ideas behind the 3d printers is that you can print off a large proportion of the components so that you can make additional printers. Theoretically once a couple of people have them they won’t be hard to source. You’ll just need the metal beams, printing head, filament, stepper motors, electronics and printing surfaces.

One of the things that people fail to realise with 3d printers, is that you can make prints with moving parts, all within the single print – for example you could make a working monkey wrench, or a toy car.

OpenYourMind OpenYourMind 2:25 pm 13 Jan 12

3D printing is awesome. I’ve replaced a broken part in my Roomba robot from a CAD file on Thingiverse.
I think it’s more appropriate to liken 3D printing to the early days of home PCs. I’m old enought to remember that era. People would build a PC in their garage – and by build I mean circuit boards and soldering. Other people would ask what can it do, and your answer would be hmmm, not much, but you just wait.
Botmill is an example of a great cheap printer that is partially made from parts printed by a botmill. Makerbot has just come out with a new bigger print bed 3d printer which prints in two colours of ABS plastic.
An exciting technology indeed.

Baldy Baldy 2:01 pm 13 Jan 12

Aestabjoo said :

Myself and two mates built are in the process of building a Longboat Prusa. We built the frame over the Christmas break and will be putting the brains in it tonight. I’m a member of MHV and plan on opening it up to members use on request.

Also, MHV have an additional frame built, it’s just waiting for the smarts. I believe they’ve also got a kit on order. If you’re interested, why not join their mailing list and say g’day to the community?

In regards to the guy at the Portrait Gallery selling jewelery, I think you’ll find that those were laser cut. The pattern’s made using a very complex mathematical algorhythm that formulates natural looking leaf-life constructs. The dude who makes it is a great guy, and quite a genious. “Neat Objects” is the name the guy sells under – http://www.etsy.com/shop/neatobjects?ref=seller_info

I don’t remember any of the necklaces or brooches. I do remember that he had rings that were mostly flower looking and he was explaining the process of 3D printing to me though, so maybe it was someone different.

Using the printer he discribed for anything else other then jewlery didn’t occur to me until i looked at the links other commentors have included above.

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