24 May '13, 7am

Inexpensive 3-D printer kit creates plastic components | EDN vía @edncom

Inexpensive 3-D printer kit creates plastic components | EDN vía @edncom

Anyone with an idea for a new mechanical device can create it on their computer with 3-D solid-model software and email it to a company that will "print" it and quickly return a prototype. Three-dimensional printers cost a lot of money, so the hacker and maker "communities" have embarked on their own projects to create low-cost 3-D printers. Recently I learned about a 3-D printer kit from Cooking Hacks, available for about $850. Cooking Hacks operates as part of the Spanish company Libelium Comunicaciones Distribuidas SL. According to the Cooking Hacks Web site images and information, software to control four stepper motors and the plastic extruder runs on an Arduino single-board computer. Two steppers control Y-axis (up-down) movement of the printing head, which moves back and forth under control of another stepper. A fourth stepper positions the platform on which your co...

Full article: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/dev-monkey-blog/4415...

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