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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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bowman on January 17, 2015

When a part takes 15 hours to print and it breaks, a little chemistry can come in handy. Besides, who doesn’t want take two parts and want to stick them together. Want to know if/how to solvate a polymer? Skip the gnarly home cocktails of ABS & turpentine and learn how to make a good chemical […]

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A special thanks to our friends over at the Het Nieuwe Instituut over in the Netherlands. They prompted us to pull out the frostruder, calibrate the machine and come up with some new recipes for open source cookie baking.  Details about the show can be found below.   Exhibition PLASTIC, Promises of a Home-made Future At Het Nieuwe Instituut […]

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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

One of the most challenging things to do and maintain print quality with an extrusion style printer is to print a solid object (100% fill). A student recently came into our shop to print some small parts in PLA. They were 15mm long with solid connecting tubes 4mm in diameter, and he insisted that they […]

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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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Every good calibration starts with a pile of new materials, a daunting task, a ridiculous timeline, and our favorite ingredient…caffeine.     How many of these ingredients are for the tester and how many for the printer? The gummy worms, sour straws and energy drinks were for the Humans. The jello, alginate, bone meal, laxatives, […]

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