Scientists build a $1,500 open-source 3D metal printer
“Similar to the incredible churn in innovation witnessed with open-sourcing of the first RepRap plastic 3D printers, I anticipate rapid progress when the maker community gets their hands on it,” says Pearce. “Within a month, somebody will make one that’s better than ours, I guarantee it.”
Now, we are getting somewhere.
I have been playing with 3D printing, and variations on the classic dog tag. Here is a model of a “daisy dog tag” that I made for my SweetWife.
I do not have a 3D printer, nor am I planning on buying one in the near future. I am using Shapeways.com, which allows me to have prints made in a variety of materials and colors without having to pay for the “care and feeding” of printers and gives me lots of options. I should be receiving a print of this model in the next couple of weeks.
Now, 3D printing is getting interesting:
Michigan-based Sintercore LLC have developed a range of muzzle brakes that are billed as the first commercial 3D printed firearm parts. Called Auxetik (pronounced Aug-ZETIK), the firearm parts were created using Direct Metal Laser Sintering, an additive metal fabrication technology that fuses metal powder into a solid part by melting it locally using the focused laser beam. Layer by layer parts are built up additively. This process allows for both complex internal features and unconventional external forms. Continue reading