Showing posts from April, 2013

3D Printer Experience - Retail Store Opens in Chicago

On Monday April 22nd Julie Loufton Friedman Steele will opening the first experiential retail 3D printing store in the world....we'll we think the world but for sure the Midwest and definitely in Chicago.  It is definitely the only retail location in the world with an EOS P110 nylon laser sintering.  The goal of the store is to introduce the general public to the magic of 3D printing and the potential for distributed digital manufacturing.

 If pendants aren't your thing they also have a 3D scanning station where they can scan you and print you out!  

Inventables has teamed up with the 3D printer experience to provide 3D printers for sale and different colors of filament customers can buy to take home or print out their pendants in the store. The store also has a gallery of products that have been made using 3D printing technology.  The product below is a violin being held by Mike Moceri of the 3D printer experience.

Printed Dual Drive Kit

A few weeks ago a good friend of mine brought his Shapeoko over to my house.He was in the process of assembling of getting it wired up with a Rambo (reprap electronics).In the process, I noticed that the Y-axis was driven only on a single side and suggested we should change it.Stacey mentioned a kit was available, but we decided we would try to hack one out.The result came out nicely as you can see.I’ll walk you through the process of what we did.

A lot of the pieces were already on hand.  We needed the following:
Idler 2x M5x35 SCHS 2x M5 nut 4x M5 washers 2x spacers 2x idlers 2x 605zz bearings Other Components 1x gt2 belt 1x gt2 18 tooth pulley 1x nema17 motor 4x m3x10 2x brackets for the belt clamps.

As we looked through what was needed, we had many of the necessary parts from reprap projects. The key pieces we didn’t have were the idler and the spacer.  
Rather than try to create the idler from scratch, I went to thingiverse to see what might be available.  After going through a few entries, I fo…