Another week, another crop of DIY maker 3-D printers surface around the web. As more mainstream sources wonder how 3-D printing will change U.S. manufacturing, we keep seeing evidence from major research firms, manufacturers and hobbyists that 3-D printing is changing more and more. Check out two new entries to the discussion below.
Make Magazine shares Dane Kouttron’s from-scrap 3-D printer, which was made using a “rescued” 1980s IBM 7575 SCARA Robot Arm. The thing is huge, capable of printing items as big as 25 x 12 by 6.5 inches. Check out the video below (put on headphones to hear the rockin’ soundtrack):
You can read Kouttron’s exhaustive build notes on his website, where he details everything from transitioning to G-code to using a game controller to initiate robot control.
Ponoko shared another large-scale 3-D printer, this one from Type A Machines. The $1,200 unit operates at high speeds (90 mm/s while printing) and high resolutions (0.05 microns) in a 9 x 9 x 9 inch build volume. The Series 1 ships to your door fully assembled, so you can start on projects right away.