Fab@Home: Make your own 3D printer

DIY 3D fabber printer @ UB
I spotted someone making a Fab@Home 3D printer on campus…

Last week I interviewed Umbra designer, Michelle Pietrantonio, about 3D printing technology (aka fabbing) and how it’s changed her life as a designer.

Reader Jermyn pointed out crude rapid prototyping machines that we could buy parts and construct at home. While it won’t come close to the quality you saw in the video interview, it’s a good start. He linked to a nice Youtube video which shows how a Fab@Home personal fabber works.

Doing a bit of search, I found a mailing list about fabbing food that went back all the way to Feb 1999! Interested in designing your own chocolate? Here’s a paper from Cornell University about Printing Food (PDF).

5 thoughts on “Fab@Home: Make your own 3D printer

  1. urm…
    im actually a dude…

    ive met you once during a me@n meetup,
    just before you left for buffalo

    dont know if you remember me…

  2. anyways about the fabber, me thinks someone should start mass producing a cheap version of these things and market it to homes or high schools. only problem me thinks is the materials that can be used are pretty limited, there are not many things you can make with sillicon.

  3. @Su Yuen: Glad you liked ­čÖé

    @Jermyn: Argh, so sorry. I was deliberating about it. Will fix you gender issue now. I like the idea of commodifying the kit, make it more accessible to the masses.

  4. I first saw a miniature version of these fabbers back in 2000 at a machine tool trade show. I think it was at Roland’s booth (famous for making pro audio and musical instruments, etc.). It was going for around $10k – $20k but I could already see how versatile it would be to have one of those. They are made to produce protypes, and not for mass production.

    Imagine when these become cheap, like $500 each. I bet a lot of designers will be buying one to use at home!

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