Open Source 3-D Printing
Posted on March 12, 2007 Comments (6)
Hod Lipson and Evan Malone of Cornell University have cooked-up a cheap DIY 3-D printer – the [email protected] – that they believe could lead to the widespread use of fabrication machines by hobbyists and experimenters. Fabrication machines, or fabbers, operate on the same principle as inkjet printers, but instead of squirting out ink onto paper, they squirt plastic or other materials into three-dimensional shapes. Commercial systems average around $100,000, but you can build Cornell’s [email protected] for about US$2,300 worth of off-the-shelf parts.