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3d Printing


For a long time, ever since I heard about it, I have been interested in the idea of  a 3d printer. I feel like one day most people will have some kind of 3d printer in their home. Need a part? Hop online, download a model and print it out.

We’re not there yet, but we are getting closer. Until recently, a 3d printer has been out of my budget range. They have super fancy expensive ones that cost 10’s of thousands of dollars, and the build it yourself ones that’ll cost you a couple thousand. The game has changed though. Through a successful kickstarter funding, a company called Printrbot released a small 3d printer for 400 bucks. It’s not particularly cheap, but it was affordable enough to where I was able to save up and buy one. So I did. It’s called a Printrbot Jr.

Let the fun begin. Let me just say, when you buy one of these things, its not like buying an Epson printer from the store.  It comes in pieces with no assembly instructions. You have to be willing to dive in and get your hands dirty. And you have to be able to tinker. As well designed as the kit is, there are various challenges you’ll run into that you have to find creative ways to solve. Luckily, there is a thriving 3d printing community online.

With the help of forums, youtube videos and other online resources, I was able to piece this thing together and actually get it printing. It was a ton of fun to do, and I am already thinking about my next printer. I feel like I am part of the beginnings of a really cool revolution. The primordial ooze of a Star Trek replicator.

Here are some fun photos of the assembly process.

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