Tag Archives: 3D printer

Mix and match with the newly-unveiled MakerMex 3D printer

A Mexican design team has unveiled their plans to release the MakerMex, a 3D printer capable of printing various materials using exchangeable extruders. The MakerMex team states that this new printer has an unprecedented range of possible printable materials and believes it will usher in a new era for 3D printing. From ceramic, to plastics, to […]

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Who’s the Maker behind the first 3D printer?

In the early 1980s, engineer Chuck Hull approached his boss with an idea: to develop a machine that printed objects in three-dimensional shapes. His manager discouraged him — after all, the company produced ultraviolet lamps, not Star Trek-like replicators. Though what at the time probably seemed to many people like a gadget out of a far-fetched science fiction […]

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Student creates 3D-printed prosthetic arm for a classmate

Evan Kuester, a digital fabrication graduate student, didn’t feel completely fulfilled by his coursework. He worked through his studies, but wasn’t necessarily making the impact that he had hoped. After noticing a female student on campus without a hand, he decided to put his education to good use. In pursuit of his Masters Degree, the California […]

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This Atmel powered 3D printer makes pizza in 20 minutes!

Might we one day have a 3D printer in each home instead of a microwave? It appears that concept may not be as futuristic as once initially thought. From chocolate to pancakes, we’ve already begun to see the emergence of 3D food printers like the Foodini, Candy, and ChefJet. Though it may not be mainstream yet, the idea of having your very own Star Trek […]

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Build your own Inkjet 3D Printer with Plan B

While we have seen plenty of DIY printers (a majority in which are powered by AVR XMEGA and megaAVR micrcontrollers) come across the desk here at Bits & Pieces, this one certainly ranks high on the list as most intriguing. In fact, Plan B may have just revolutionized the way we think about the 3D printing process. Designed by 22-year-old engineer Yvo […]

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Designer 3D prints a comfy, contemporary chair

A graduate student from The Hague’s Royal Academy of Art recently designed a conceptual chair, influenced by plant cells which are capable of performing several different tasks, in hopes of making the production of soft seating more sustainable through 3D printing. Maker Lilian van Daal recently developed her “Biomimicry: 3D-printed soft seat” as an alternative to conventional upholstered furniture, which typically […]

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3D printing a working DC motor

A Maker by the name of Pitrak recently created a fully-functional DC motor using an Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer. To develop the working brushless direct current (DLDC) motor, the Maker 3D printed each of its parts, excluding the magnets, solenoid wrapping wire and hall effect sensors, and used an Arduino Uno (ATmega328) to control the […]

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BMW is 3D printing finger cots

BMW is reportedly 3D printing a limited number of flexible finger cots for workers on certain production lines to prevent excess strain on thumb joints. According to 3DERs, the cots were designed in cooperation with the Department of Ergonomics at the Technical University of Munich. Fabricated in-house with 3D printing, each of the flexible assembly […]

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BuildersBot CNC Router is also a 3D printer

A Maker named aldricnegrier has designed an Arduino-based BuildersBot machine, which he describes as a CNC Router that is also capable of 3D printing. “The BuildersBot works/moves within a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, allowing the machine to position its tool (drill bit or hot end) in any location inside the three-dimensional work space,” aldricnegrier explained in […]

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Creating a 3D printer for under $100

Tarkun Gelstronic has created a 3D printer for under $100. Aptly dubbed the Poor Man’s 3D Printer, the device includes a heat bed and is capable of printing with multiple materials. Key components purchased by Gelstronic include: Atmel-powered Arduino Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560 MCU) 
Stackable motor driver shield Hotend PTFE tube Fan Additional small items As […]

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