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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bowman on October 24, 2014

                      Primer In land where investment banking was king, mortgage based security swaps, dark pools and high frequency trading brought this nation to its knees. The inherent flaw wasn’t over leverage, it was that these strategies are all games based on stealing wealth from one […]

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bowman on October 3, 2014

For the past year we have been busy building, testing, documenting and refining the process of taking 3D printed parts and using “Lost PLA” burnout to cast for parts for more robust applications. The documentation is bordering 100+pages, with 20+ pages of brute force data. We will try to keep it simple, show off with […]

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ganter on January 2, 2013

It’s THAT time of year when everyone will be making amazing predictions about AM for the 2013 year.  I was recently at a holiday party (wearing a silver tie and long tails) discussing “3D printing and AM, and it’s amazing feats”.     Someone then asked “Haven’t you been playing around with this technology for […]

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ganter on December 20, 2011

I just returned from a very interesting conference dealing with 3D printing (including hardware and software issues).   It was great to see old friends and even better to meet a collection of new ones.  What I liked most at this conference was the real diversity of viewpoints relating to additive manufacturing (AM) issues. A couple […]

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ganter on July 14, 2011

3D Printista – 3D·Print·is·ta   [three-dee-print-is-tuh -ee-stuh; ] –noun, plural 3D·print·is·tas, 3D·print·is·ti a person who is specially trained in the operation of 3D printing devices, and the fabrication of 3D objects using such devices at maker / create / hacker geek or research spaces. {Grant Marchelli as a 3D Printista @ UW Solheim AM Lab} […]

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ganter on June 10, 2011

A  couple of days ago Bre Pettis was featured on the Steven Colbert report.   It was an amazing event.   Bre Pettis and Makerbot continue to become more than just “Geek Star” famous.   THE  best part of the show happens at the 4:39 mark! Steven Colbert: “How you going to make your money? Just Like.  […]

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barnett on April 12, 2011

This is an important time in the development of 3d printing. We have just cleared nearly two decades of the fundamental MIT patents on 3d printing using powders, and although there is a tangle of improvement patents on particular forms of 3dp technology, we have some hope of opening up development activities from its university-created, […]

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ganter on February 25, 2011

After all of the craziness of last week, it was interesting to listen to the noise about “How horrible it is to make things by molding or casting!” or “The parts can’t be as strong as RP’d parts!”.   All good fun.    We would like to point out that molding/casting IS one of the fundamental manufacturing […]

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barnett on February 15, 2011

There’s an expression “Deus ex machina” (the god from the machine) that describes a plot where things are resolved by the timely arrival (as, with some stage device) of some unexpected character or agent–such as an authority figure–to settle things that have gotten out of hand.  (Like, the arrival of the police at the end […]

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