3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing. The opposite of cutting, milling, or lathe work, 3D printers draw from nothing to something, layer by layer, creating a solid 3-dimensional object that can be held in your hand. Think hot glue gun attached to a robot who can push forward/back(Y), left/right(X), up/down(Z). It's that simple really.
The main idea is that we can make anything. You Can Make Anything!
Learn to use a tool that will become pivotal to the way we consume, manufacture, and think about personal manufacturing. Enter the Makerbot Replicator
. This machine will soon be a common addition to the shop floor, the drafting table, and home office--as common as a printer. But for now it's new and amazing and we have one at Madagascar Institute. Mechanically based or not, this is a tool you should know about.
We will be printing with ABS filament. (ABS is the same material LEGO are made of). We will provide all the filament we will need for the class, give-away prints and goodies to take home. I suggest bringing a laptop with you. If you need to borrow, I can provide one for shop use. You will get hands on personal time with a Replicator to print whatever yopu want.
If you know how to design in CAD or other 3D design software, feel free to bring you files along and get them printed. ***If you do not have any 3D design skills that is okay*** There is an online library of over 30,000 digital files for download. For free. Look at www.Thingiverse.com
. It's a community of people based around sharing their ideas and designs. We can just download a file and get it printing.
$50 class fee ($25 for members) plus $15 materials fee - registration open until noon on the day before the class
Dress for the weather. The shop is as cold as is it outside or as hot. This is a working shop so prepare to get dirty.