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A special issue of the Rapid Prototyping Journal is out with an article by our very own Ben Weiss.   His paper entitled “Low-cost closed-loop control of a 3D printer gantry”  (Weiss, B., Storti, D. W., & Ganter, M. A. (2015). Low-cost closed-loop control of a 3D printer gantry. Rapid Prototyping Journal, 21(5), 482-490).   […]

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ganter on July 9, 2015

{Pilchuck Glass School} In Session 3 of the 2015 summer program at Pilchuck Glass School, a new class on Digital Fabrication was offered.  The instruction team consisted of Fred Metz,  Mark Ganter,  Josh Kopel,  Matt Sorensen,  Tim Belliveau, and  Julia Chamberlain.   The class consisted of hands-on exposure to the latest 3D CAD and 3D […]

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ganter on May 25, 2015

It seems like everyone is getting on the DLP bandwagon in the 3D printing space as of late.  While we have known about DLP 3D printing (i.e. vat photopolymerization process – ASTM F2792 − 12a)  for some time, we had chosen to stay away mostly due to resin issues.   Over the past few years, many new […]

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ganter on March 6, 2015

by Kat Steele Seattle Handathon Students join forces to hack 3D-printed prosthetic hands  Seattle’s first-ever “Handathon” brought together students, faculty, and clinicians last weekend for a 24-hour, hackathon-style challenge to build better 3-D printed prosthetic hands.  The event included two dozen participants from the engineering and prosthetics & orthotics (P&O) programs at UW-Seattle, UW-Bothell, and […]

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ganter on January 27, 2015

************************** {Prequel update:  the UW press team produced a nice version of this story that is a little less technical} http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/02/09/3-d-printing-with-custom-molecules-creates-low-cost-mechanical-sensor/ *************************** We would like to take a moment to share with you some very exciting news on our research front.    When different research teams partner together amazing things can and do happen.   […]

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Eamon McQuaide on December 17, 2014

I don’t know.  But I do know that in practice I’m not all that impressed with the performance of blue painter’s tape either.  It doesn’t have a very strong adhesion with the print bed (it’s adhesive was designed to be easily removable), so there are two cases in which I have had issues: 1.  Long […]

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Eamon McQuaide on December 4, 2014

I’ve noticed over time, that there are certain situations where slicing software has a hard time finding a solution to, or just completely ignores geometry that needs support built under it. This is usually due to a kind of loophole created by rules stated within the slicer. For instance: There is a setting in every […]

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Eamon McQuaide on November 18, 2014

When I tell people we don’t make use of our second extruder on our FlashForge machines the response usually goes: “But Why not?  Think of all of the cool things you could do with two extruders!  Don’t you like lot’s of colors, and dissolvable support material?” My response is usually an astounding: “Mehhhh…” The reason […]

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Eamon McQuaide on November 18, 2014

With the addition of the semi-enclosed build chamber in our ABS Printer came one particularly annoying issue. The clamp bar that secures the X-Axis belt kept going soft and losing it’s grip on the belt resulting in a failed print part way through. Even when the screws were completely tight.  Given the location of these […]

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Eamon McQuaide on November 18, 2014

When I first started printing with it, I was convinced that ABS really stood for something besides “Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene”.  My mind  three particular expletives were inserted in a certain order (A!B!S!) to describe my feelings about the material relative to printing it.  Delamination, shrinkage, pulling tape off of the bed, clogs, you name it.  Most […]

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