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Browsing articles in "3D Printing"

3D Printed Americana Guitar

Jun 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

I came across this one browsing 3Ders.org and thought it appropriate since the Fourth of July is coming up in a month:

Guitar body is 3D printed stars and stripes…

The interior is filled with various icons of Americana, including the Statue of Libery…

Nice spot for a bald eagle…
I’d be really curious to…

An Entire 3D Printed City?

May 20, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

Modelers must love 3D printers, especially those with decent resolution that make small plastic parts with fine details.  How about a model of an entire city done with a 3D Printer?
That’s what architectural firm Mitekgruppen did for Stockholm:

A 48 square meter model of Stockholm…
A Stratasys 3D Printer was used to create over…

Desktop Manufacturing is Here With Two Amazing Announcements

May 3, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

First announcement:  Staples will be selling 3D Printers from their website, and soon right in the store.  They’ll be offering the Cube 3D Printer for $1299.

Staples will be selling the Cube 3D Printer for $1299…
Second announcement:  The world’s first completely 3D printed gun was shown.  There are only 2 non-3D printed parts: a…

3D Printing 101: Part 4: Software

May 1, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Software  //  1 Comment

This week I’ll discuss the 3D Printing software tool chain. For the most part, I’ll focus on commonly used Open Source software that runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux operating systems.
3D Printing 101: Part 1: 3D Printer Basics
3D Printing 101: Part 2: Mechanics
3D Printing 101: Part 2a: Delta Robot Mechanics
3D…

Hexapod Robotic CNC Router Walks to the Site of the Work to Be Done

Apr 22, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

This is a cool little Hexapod robot I came across:

The resolution on the 3D face looks pretty darned good.  I’m imagining combining this sort of technology with sensors that let it precisely locate itself via some optics.  You’d have a ‘bot that you could turn loose to carve large areas with 3D relief carvings,…

3D Printing 101: Part 3: Electronics

Apr 16, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post  //  3 Comments

This week’s 3D Printing 101 post focuses on the electronics aspect of 3D printers. The electronics required for motion control will be familiar to CNC machinists (but even that has a few new twists) and some other areas are unique to 3D filament extrusion printing.
 
3D Printing 101: Part 1: 3D Printer Basics
3D…

3D Printing 101: Part 2a: Delta Robot Mechanics

Apr 4, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment

In my earlier post this week on 3D printer Mechanics, I focused on the more traditional Cartesian printer geometry. I closed the post with a mention that I’d follow-up with a post on a really exciting new development in 3D printer mechanics – the delta robot printer.
A Little Background
According to Wikipedia, a delta…

3D Printing 101: Part 2: Mechanics

Apr 2, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post  //  5 Comments

 
In this installment of 3D Printing 101 I am going to look at the mechanical aspect of a typical 3D printer. Before I jump in, I should say that there are many different additive manufacturing technologies (i.e. 3D printers) but this series will focus on plastic filament extrusion printers that are the most familiar…

3D Printing 101: Part 1: 3D Printer Basics

Mar 25, 2013   //   by Michael Hackney   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Since the CNCCookbook Blog is frequented by CNC machinists, I thought it would be useful to provide an overview on 3D printing from the perspective of someone familiar with CNC machining. I have four parts planned, and in this first part I’ll present a little history, describe why I (and many others) believe 3D printing…

Introducing Michael Hackney: Our New 3D Printing Guru

Mar 19, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, DIY CNC, Guest-Post  //  3 Comments
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I’m very pleased to announce that Michael Hackney will be contributing to the CNCCookbook blog on a long-term basis every week with new articles about 3D printing.  I’ve known Michael for quite some time and enjoyed his work, so when I heard he was going big into 3D printing I didn’t waste a minute inviting…

Moedls: An Inexpensive 3D Scanner on Kickstarter

Mar 18, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

I just signed up for Moedls, which is an inexpensive 3D Scanner project on Kickstarter.  It uses a turntable, a red laser, a green laser, and your phone’s camera to generate a 3D model of whatever you put on the 9″ turntable.  Cost to buy in early is as low as $199.  I went for…

Check Out Our New 3D Printing Category

Mar 12, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

I’ve just added another category to our blog:  3D Printing.  Categories are a way for you to dial in a bunch of articles that all share a common theme.  We range pretty far and wide here on CNCCookbook, so it is sometimes helpful to be able to focus in on one category or another.  You’ll…

Manufacturing is Cool Again: It’s About Time

Mar 7, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  4 Comments

Have you noticed that manufacturing is cool again?  Seems like it has been a long time.  But, thanks to 3D printing and a new DIY/Maker movement, there are definite signs that manufacturing is cool again and that the mainstream public is very interested in it.  Here’s a sampling of the cool:
Personalized Products
A number…

What If CNC Machines Could Cook? Digital Gastronomy

Dec 24, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  1 Comment

What if CNC machines could cook?
I’m not sure what took me down this odd path, other than that I recently made up a batch of Texas Chili Fudge and a batch of Peppermint Bark for a Christmas Eve Party.  I have been dimly aware of some CNC cake decorating projects, and I confess to…

Movie Prop Maker Fon Davis’s Workshop

Dec 23, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

Make Magazine ran a fascinating interview of Fon Davis, who runs a neat movie prop making company called Fonco Creative.  It included a great video tour of his workshop:

Be sure to check out the original article for a bunch more photos and information.
I’ve noticed over the years that there seems to be a…

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