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3D Printer Workshop and Get Together Party

After the success and fun from our first get together with dozens of people attending and 9+ printers on site, CT Hackerspace is looking to make this event a regular get together. We welcome everyone to attend. Like last time, we plan on having pizza / hot dogs / beverages, etc..

We want to continue the "Learn-Make-Share" culture CT Hackerspace prides itself in celebrating by becoming your local 3D Printing community and forum (SIG) in anything 3D related. We have realized that the that our members and attendees combined knowledge and experience in 3D Printing can be a tremendous resource to each other as well as the community at large.  We welcome everyone, from novices wanting to know more about 3D Printers to Experts showing off their latest builds and customizations. We also plan on doing some builds on site the day of the event as well.

UPDATE (Sept 15): At this Workshop, you will have the opportunity to build a Filament Spool Holder for your printer. We have several configurations available: Single or Dual Spool, Bowden Cable or no Bowden Cable, and 3mm or 1.75mm filament. To make sure we have the parts for the configuration you want, leave a comment at the bottom of this post with your configuration preference. The wood will be cut out on our CNC Router. The Filament Guides are 3D printed. Assembly time is maybe 30 minutes. The cost is only $5 to cover materials. A picture of a dual spool bowden cable configuration for 3mm wire is below.

UPDATE (Sept 25) Solidworks Workshop

 Pete will be doing an introduction / demonstration to Solidworks during the 3D Printer Workshop. Discussion will start early afternoon on Saturday.


Getting Here!!! It's a little tricky getting to the space for the first time. Park in the parking lot at the end of Silk St, Watertown CT, see the below image. Wall up the ramp and enter the door on the right. Once in the building, take the 2nd door on the right, go up one flight of stairs to the 3rd floor, go through a door and take an immediate right. Walk down the hall a few feet, we'll be on the left, can't miss us!

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Stop in to check out the 3D Printer madness. All visitors are welcome. Several members will be working on their printer projects. Come on down to help out, see the printers or just to check out our 'space!

 Maybe your printer is half finished or needs troublesooting. Bring your bot and join in the fun!

If you feel ambitious, our hackerspace Repstrap is in the middle of a conversion over to belt drive x and y axes. Stop by and lend a hand!

 

 

You can make one of these filament spool holders during the event!

 

 

ORD Printer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printrbot JR:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afinia H Series:

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  • C L.

    It was great to see the 3D printers and the workspace is fantastic . The members were great showing us their printers and giving a tour of the workspace .

    September 29, 2013

  • John R.

    Thanks for inviting me!Thanks to Rich for giving us the parts to do it ourselves!! Thanks to Bill for creating the best hackerspace anywhere!
    Thanks to Jeff for giving my buddy invaluable advice!!!!

    September 28, 2013

  • Gary

    Great get together. Interesting ideas and observations.

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Bill for a warm welcome and Rick and Jeff for helping get into the tech and conceptual processing for some new projects! Yes! Kath

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! I'm looking for a makerspace with a woodshop. I was previously a member of Techshop in San Francisco and Menlo park, California and loved the sense of community there. I'm writing a woodworking how-to book this year and need a good space to work.

    September 27, 2013

    • The A.

      We have a wood shop, metal shop and electronics area. Feel free to stop by. We have open house every Wednesday night.

      September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool! Sounds great!

      September 28, 2013

  • John R.

    Got a late start ... be there by 11

    September 28, 2013

  • C L.

    I might not get there until 12 so I am hoping its still going on

    September 26, 2013

    • Rich

      We will be there well into the early evening. Come by whenever.

      September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    3D-Printed Objects Outgrow Their Printers
    New Scientist (09/26/13) Niall Firth

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed Hyperform, a method for printing large-scale objects using standard three-dimensional (3D) printers. "It's challenging the notion that we always need a machine that's bigger than the thing it's printing," says MIT Self-Assembly Lab researcher Skylar Tibbits. Hyperform converts the object to be printed into a single long chain made from interlocking links. An algorithm then determines how that chain can be packaged together into the smallest cube possible using a Hilbert curve. The resulting cube is small enough to be printed inside a standard printer. After this cube is printed, the chain can be unraveled and assembled by hand to create the desired object. In order to make the process even easier, the researchers developed a new type of 3D printer that is capable of much higher resolution than consumer 3D printers.

    September 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ...new type of 3D printer that is capable of much higher resolution than consumer 3D printers. Instead of printing out several layers of plastic, the new printer uses stereolithography, in which a pool of liquid plastic is added to the base of the printer and a laser traces out the desired pattern, allowing the liquid plastic to cure and solidify. The method can form layers just 25 microns thick, with details as minuscule as 300 microns.

      September 27, 2013

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