Types• Stereolithography (SLA)• Scintering & Jet• Fused Filament– Professional– PersonalUnits : 1 micron = 1/1000000th m or 1/1000th mm
• Founded by Dr Adrian Bowyer, University of Bathproject to make an affordable 3d printer that canprint most of its own components, in about 2005.• Drove the low end personal 3D printing industry.• As much as possible of the printer can be madeby itself. Practically this is just the plastic parts• Named after Evolutionary Biologists Darwin,Huxley, Mendel, Prusa etc.• Non printable elements are known as ‘Vitamins’.
Customisation & PersonalisationShapewaysThingiverseFreshfiber name melt
Finishing & ProcessingCasting with Sugru Acetone vapor bath polished ABSSoluble support material
How to get started• Are you interested in the process or the result?:– Process (I want to tinker)• Build your own rep rap or get an Ultimaker etc– Result (I just want it to work)• Budget > 10k + ongoing costs – pro FF or similar.• Budget < 10k - Makerbot Rep2• Outsource.• Out source– Shapeways / iMaterialize– Replicator Warehouse (Ele & castle)• Best of both worlds– Prototype on a Makerbot– Out source for final version