Thursday, January 29, 2015

So we made a 3D printer ...



Made is probably a bit leading.  More like assembled.  We purchased a RoStock Max Delta Style 3D printer from the fine folks at SeeMeCNC in Goshen, Indiana for roughly $1000.00.  To be fair we could have ordered it assembled for a few hundred dollars more but where's the fun in that?  We also thought it would be a good idea to truly understand how the machine works if we built, er assembled, it from scratch.  That way if we, or anyone that used the printer, ever had issues we would actually be able to assist.

To back up just a bit John, Tonya Snyder and I traveled to visit the company in the fall.  We were able to see their facility and speak with JJ.  He is a former Goshen High School teacher that became so adept at using the 3D printer in his class that SeeMeCNC hired him to be their first ever education consultant.  It was his instructions we were later following as we sat in front of a large box.

If you are interested in tackling this project we would recommend you have some basic mechanical skills (that was me) and some intermediate to advanced soldering skills (that was John and Peter Gaytan, our RESA technician).  Overall, it was a great team building exercise and something we all enjoyed - especially as it starts printing objects!

(On a side note, the team at SeeMeCNC provides amazing tech. support if you call them!)

If your school is looking to get into 3D printing contact us and we will come out and provide you with our overview.  We are looking for ways to collaborate with schools.

The printer can take files(.STL and .GCODE) via an SD card, so it's possible that all the design work could be done ahead of time and when everyone is ready, we could print.

If you wanted a quick way to get started designing, we suggest TinkerCAD.  We can't wait to see what amazing things you create for our printer to print!
Our Rostock while it's printing.






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