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Building a 3D Printer

At Codegarden this year, I was lucky enough to win a Makerbot Thing-o-matic. What's one of those you ask? Its a self build, 3D printer. It is, by far and away, one of the coolest things I've EVER won. Thanks to all who cheered for me during the competition!

The only thing is, it starts off life looking like this:

Makerbot in bits

(The wool isn't part of the kit, its just on my table). Quite a way to go before I can start printing out cool stuff! I've read through the rather comprehensive online Wiki for the device and reckon I've got it mostly worked out. I had to order in a few bits and pieces, I've never owned my own multimeter, and my old soldering iron was dead. Those have now arrived, so over the next few weeks, I'll be blogging about my experiences building this very cool device.

With any luck, I'll be getting some help from Matt Brailsford and Pete "Knife Meme" Duncanson along the way as well. I'll be sure to post plenty of pictures and blog posts.

And yes, one of the first things I intend to print is an Umbraco logo :P If I can get a decent model on the go, I'll also be trying to print out some medals for all of the entrants to the package competition too!

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2 comments for “Building a 3D Printer”

  1. Posted 07 July 2011 at 01:20:43

    Hi Tim,
    Congrats again on winning this!

    I look forward to reading the regular instalments of how the build goes.

    Warren :)

  2. Posted 07 July 2011 at 11:05:05

    Hi Tim,

    Ditto to Warren's comment, really looking forward to hearing more about how you get on building this and seeing the end results, very tempted to get one, they look very cool :)