There is replicator mentality with 3D printing. A whole workshop is compressed into one machine. The plans and material go into one end and out pops a finished product on the other side. Just describe what is wanted and the machine does all the work. Star Trek had the idea decades ago. Thank you, Gene Roddenberry.
I feel the public impression may be the printing machine does ALL the work. The printing process is fascinating and even mesmerizing. A whole bunch of invisible work occurs before the printer can perform its dance. My goal here is to make the design process visible. There is more to 3D printing than downloading someone else’s creative effort and just printing.
Originally published in Ramblin Dan Blog
A new workshop blog from Ramblin’ Dan is about to appear. It will be 3D Print project oriented on a style like my machine shop blogs. It will not be about the tools, but what can be done with them.
As seen in this picture, I am using a Cartesian style 3D printer. My desire is to convert to the faster operating Delta Style printer at some point. However, if I go my own way without help from a sponsor, the printer will be seen but never promoted. No more free rides from Ramblin' Dan.