Printing 3D

Fab @ Home

This website provides an open source kit that lets you make your own simple fabber, and use it to print three dimensional objects. You can download and print various items, try out new materials, or upload and share your own projects. Advanced users can modify and improve the fabber itself.

Fabbers (a.k.a 3D Printers or rapid prototyping machines) are a relatively new form of manufacturing that builds 3D objects by carefuly depositing materials drop by drop, layer by layer. Slowly but surely, with the right set of materials and a geometric blueprint, you can fabricate complex objects that would normally take special resources, tools and skills if produced using conventional manufacturing techniques. A fabber can allow you explore new designs, email physical objects to other fabber owners, and most importantly - set your ideas free. Just like MP3s, iPods and the Internet have freed musical talent, we hope that blueprints and fabbers will democratize innovation.
While several commercial systems are available, their price range - tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars - is typically well beyond what an average home user can afford. Furthermore, commercial systems do not usually allow or encourage experimentation with new materials and processes. But more importantly, most - if not all - commercial system are geared towards making passive parts out of a single material. Our goal is to explore the potential of universal fabrication: Machines that can use multiple materials to fabricate complete, active systems.

http://www.fabathome.org/wiki/uploads/5/54/Printer1.png

Looks cool. Still, as the site says, the materials to build one cost $2500, way out of the price range of most “average home users”.

i rather just pay like 50 for materials and use one at some university or something, city tech (my college) has one… if i remember rite.

its all accesible to partisipants as long as they pay for the materials

Yeah, but then you wouldn’t have the fun of building that baby! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
//kidding, kidding. I can’t build a plastic model correctly…

Another more intersting 3d fabricator is RepRap
http://reprapdoc.voodoo.co.nz/bin/view
Site says it should only cost $400 for materials to build one

very interesting but it seems they are not yet market ready.

but it will be a real revolution when those printers will be cheaper.

claas