By Darcy Casselman » 1 Comment
But just for the summer. We’re retooling.
A very, very short episode to let you know just that.
One thing I don’t mention, if you have any feedback, if there’s anything you’d like us to talk about when we get back, or if you just want to say hi, leave a message in the comments.
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By doug.moen » 5 Comments
29 people attended the 3D Printer Meetup on Wednesday July 10. Some talented people came out, and there’s a potential for interesting collaborations in the future. Here are a few of the people I talked to.
Chris Gibson of ORD Solutions in Cambridge gave a talk about the locally designed and manufactured BTO 1001 3D printer:
Andrew Finkle is a UW Nanotech graduate, and gave a talk about his research into composite materials for 3D printing. He’s also built a Prusa Mendel. As part of his research, he’s building a filament extruder, and has also ordered a second extruder from a Kickstarter campaign. He’ll probably show off one or both of these at Kwartzlab later this summer. In this picture, he’s printing a model from Laywoo, a wood composite filament, using his Replicator 2X.
Charles Mire, pictured on the right, is talking to Andrew Evershed of ORD Solutions. Charles has done research on using 3D printers for tissue engineering and building bionic devices. He built a printer from a Sherline CNC mill, using a syringe to extrude biomaterials at room temperature. Google “Printing conducting polymer structures on and embedded in biopolymer platforms”.
Anthony Tod is an engineer at Blackberry who uses 3D printers both at work and at home. He demonstrated his Makerbot Replicator 2, and showed off some of the original models he created:
I know Aniomagic best for their LED sequins — tiny, flat (surface mount) LEDs that have either been mounted onto tiny board with sew-through holes (and on board resistor), or soldered onto conductive, sew-through beads. These sorts of attractive, low-profile, sewable LEDs are a staple of soft-circuits.
But Aniomagic also makes pre-programmed controller boards for LEDs, which make it really easy for crafters to start playing with etextiles without having to know electronics or programming. With my last LED order, I picked up one of their Glam kits, to see just how simple (and usable) it was.
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By Darcy Casselman » 7 Comments
Kwartzlab was founded on this lovely summer’s day back in 2009!
Come celebrate with us at our Tuesday Open Night tonight. We’ll have cake and cryogenic ice cream!
By doug.moen » 3 Comments
The 3D Printer Meetup is on Wednesday July 10 from 7-10pm at Kwartzlab.
We will have 3 formal talks starting at 8pm, each 10-15 minutes long:
1. Doug Moen, MC, will kick off the Kwartzlab 3D Printer Club, and give a brief introduction to the hobby.
2. Chris Gibson, of ORD Solutions in Cambridge, demonstrates a printer that is designed, built and sold locally.
3. Andrew Finkle will talk about 3D printing research at U of W, focussing on new composite materials for 3D printing. He’ll demonstrate 3D printed wood.
We are expecting a number of people to show off their pre-built 3D printers. So far, the following models are confirmed:
* original Makerbot Replicator
* Replicator 2
* Replicator 2X
* MakerGear M2
* BTO 1001 (ORD Solutions)
Plus, we are expecting a number of kit built and homebrew 3D printers. If you have your own printer at home, please bring it in and show it off.
By Agnes » 2 Comments
I’ve been wanting to make an Art Bot since last summer, and I am happy to report it has finally come to completion!
I more or less followed the instructions for the project from Wired Magazine found here. One modification I did was to glue vinyl tubing to hold the markers instead of tape, which makes it super easy to swap out the makers. I also added a plastic container with marbles as a counter weight to the battery pack which adds to the fun of the bot! I might try throwing some jingle bells in there next time to see if it will make music. The hot glue gun was key in making this craft happen. The motor and battery pack were purchased at KW Surplus.
Get crafty this summer and make an Art Bot!
By doug.moen » 4 Comments
The first meeting of the Kwartzlab 3D Printer Club will occur on Wednesday July 10 from 7pm to 10pm, at Kwartzlab, with public speakers/formal demos beginning at 8pm, schedule to be announced later.
This public event is open to beginners and experts alike. You are invited to attend if you would like to:
* learn about 3D printers, and see them in action
* share your expertise with others
* show off a 3D printer that you have built
* get help with the construction of your 3D printer
* show off models that you have built, or show off techniques
* participate in talks, demonstrations, or workshops
Chris Gibson of ORD Solutions in Cambridge will be showing the BTO1001, a locally designed and built 3D printer that is available for purchase, fully assembled.
Several people who have built their own 3D printers from kits will be showing off their printers, and will be available to answer questions.
Please contact Doug Moen for more information, or if you are interested in presenting something.
By Catherine » 2 Comments
I’m new to 3D printing and have so far made pretty much every conceivable mistake. I’m going to attempt to chronicle them so that other newbies jump over the dumb things I’ve done.
The Replicator Dual is by far the most popular of Kwartzlab’s 3D printers. You can make lots of cool things with two extruders, but if you’re a novice usually your designs are mono coloured. When it came time to print my model, two different colours of filament were loaded into the replicator.
Despite American Apparel’s attempts to convert me, I am not a fan of fluorescent green
The black spool is loaded in the left extruder, the green is loaded in the right. I want to print my model in black, so I’ll just use the left extruder. Easy enough, right?
Well, not at first. If you open up the make dialog in makerware, it looks like the extruder used to print is an immutable property:
Why? Why won’t you let me change this here?
After seeing this, went through the replicator’s menu options to see if it had to be set there, to no avail. I also failed at googling. I went back to makerware and just clicked on random things until I found that you can set what extruder an object is printed with in the “object” menu.
The “click on all the things” method triumphs again.
When you open the Make it dialog again the extruder will be switched to left.
A very short solution to a very dumb problem. I hope that this is helpful to someone.
By Catherine » 1 Comment
Rafts are a short layers of filament that are sometimes printed before the print job itself so that the job doesn’t detach from the 3D printer’s bed and “warp”. After the print has completed, the raft is removed and is pretty much useless. There are usually several discarded rafts around Kwartzlab’s 3D printers.
The discarded rafts are nearly perfectly even, sturdy yet thin, grids, which reminded me of the big plastic canvases I used to work with as a kid. I attempted to cross-stitch one, and here’s the result:
Cross-stitching a 3D printer raft and the finished product.
Here I’m using 3 strands of floss and a 0.7 mm needle. I think it worked out pretty well. A few grids are obstructed by a stray piece of filament, but it’s hard to tell where in the finished piece.
So next time your print job produces a large piece of grid material, consider holding on to it for the cross-stitchers in your life.
When: Thursday June 27th, 7 pm to 10 pm.
Where: kwartzlab, 33 Kent Ave., Kitchener.
Cost: $11 non-members; $9 members
(All proceeds go towards buying several sets of lino cutters for the lab! Hoorah!)
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