3D Printing History

A Farewell to Printrbot

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It’s with a heavy heart that we must report Printrbot has announced they are ceasing operations. Founded in 2011 after a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the company set out to make 3D printing cheaper and easier. Their first printer was an amalgamation of printed parts and wood that at the time offered an incredible deal; when the Makerbot CupCake was selling for $750 and took 20+ hours to assemble, the Printrbot kit would only run you $500 and could be built in under an hour. Printrbot got their foot in the door early, but the competition wasn’t far behind. The …read more

via A Farewell to Printrbot — Hackaday


3D, 4D 5D Printing Vocabulary

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3D Printing—-

Through computer programmed deposition of material in successive layers to create a three-dimensional object. 

4D printing—–

4D printing adds the dimension of transformation over time.

5D Printing—–

Stereolithography for 3D printing —-

stereolithography apparatus, optical fabrication, photo-solidification, or resin printing) is a form of  3D printing technology used for creating models, prototypes, patterns and production parts in a layer by layer fashion using photopolymerization, a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link, forming polymers.

Stereolithography for 4D printing——

4D printing is fundamentally based in stereolithography, where in most cases ultraviolet light is used to cure the layered materials after the printing process has completed.

Fiber Architecture—-

 Most 4D printing systems utilize a network of fibers that vary in size and material properties. 4D printed components can be designed on the macro scale as well as the micro scale.

Hydro-reactive Polymers/Hydrogels for 4D printing—–

Skylar Tibbits is the director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT and worked with the Stratasys Materials Group to produce a composite polymer composed of highly hydrophilic elements and non-active, rigid elements. The unique properties of these two disparate elements allowed up to 150% swelling of certain parts of the printed chain in water, while the rigid elements set structure and angle constraints for the transformed chain. Tibbits et al. produced a chain that would spell “MIT” when submerged in water and another chain that would morph into a wireframe cube when subjected to the same conditions.

Cellulose Composites for 3D printing-———-

Cellulose-based material that could be responsive to humidity.  Wood composite materials that change shape based on their printed grain direction and anisotropic swelling when water is absorbed. This work is 3D printed and studied on the macro scale rather than micro scale, with layer heights at fractions of millimetres rather than microns. 

Thermo-reactive Polymers/Hydrogels for 4D printing—–

Thermo-responsive material.  This new type of 4D printed hydrogel is more mechanically robust than other thermally actuating hydrogels and shows potential in applications such as self-assembling structures, medical technology, soft robotics, and sensor technology. A fluid controlling smart valve printed from this material was designed to close when touching hot water and open when touching cold water. 

Digital Shape-Memory Polymers for 3D printing-———

SMPs are able to recover their original shape from a deformed shape under certain circumstances, such as when exposed to a temperature for a period of time. Depending on the polymer, there may be a variety of configurations that the material may take in a number of temperature conditions. Digital SMPs utilize 3D printing technology to precisely engineer the placement, geometry, and mixing and curing ratios of SMPs with differing properties, such as glass transition or crystal-melt transition temperatures.

Stress Relaxation for 4D printing———-

4D printing is a process in which a material assembly is created under stress that becomes “stored” within the material. This stress can later be released, causing an overall material shape change.

Thermal Photo-reactive Polymers for 4D printing-——–

This type of polymeric actuation can be described as photo-induced stress relaxation.

3D Modeling-——-

CAD, 3D scanner

3D printing-——

Before printing a 3D printing model from an STL file, it must be examined for an error. Most CAD applications produce errors in output STL files.

STL files-

Repair fixes in the original model.

3D scanner——

A 3D scanner is a device that analyses a real-world object or environment to collect data on its shape and possibly its appearance


G-code is a language in which people tell computerized machine tools how to make something. The “how” is defined by g-code instructions provided to a machine controller (industrial computer) that tells the motors where to move, how fast to move, and what path to follow.

Laser printing—–

Laser printing is an electrostatic digital printing process. It produces high-quality text and graphics (and moderate-quality photographs) by repeatedly passing a laser beam back and forth over a negatively charged cylinder called a “drum” to define a differentially charged image. The drum then selectively collects electrically charged powdered ink toner, and transfers the image to paper, which is then heated in order to permanently fuse the text and/or imagery. As with digital photocopiers, laser printers employ a xerographic printing process.

Injection moulding

Injection moulding Bre or Injection moulding Ame is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting material into a mould. Injection moulding can be performed with a host of materials mainly including metals, glasses, confections, and most commonly thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. Material for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed, and forced into a mould cavity, where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity


3D printing Vocabulary

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SV3DPrinter and our friends together we are learning about 3D printing since 2014. 3D printing started long before SV3DPrinter. Now it’s time to take a brief test about the 3D printer and their anatomy.
According to the comments and  Thomas Sanladerer I am using some part to write my post so, we can learn more about the 3D printing and vocabulary,”

An “extruder” is the thing that converts feed material to usable output, the entire machine at the highest level, or just the part that does the final output at the lowest level. So, in minimal terms, only the “hot-end” does any “extrusion”, specifically the nozzle.

The thing that pushes the filament should more properly be called a “feeder” or just “the feed”, and includes the entire path between the spool (material source) and the hot-end (conversion to output).
If you start with the plastic beads, then 3D printing can be viewed as a double-extrusion process: Once to make the thick filament, then again to make the thin lines used to form the printed part.

Two different kinds of feeder are needed (generally a screw for beads vs. a hobbed gear for filament), but the hot-ends are remarkably similar.
The extruder is the system/assembly from the feeder or driver to the hot end all encompassed. the feeder is a component of the extruder at the hot end is a component of the extruder.
V-slot bearings as an alternative to linear bearings.
Bridges are unsupported horizontal structures.
The “extruder” is a mechanism which gives a form to a material, pushing it through the hot hole. 3D printers, the “extruder” should include and the stepper motor with gears, and the hot end, and the Bowden’s tube, if any.
But I often see the term “extruder” is applied only to the motor, and do not include the hot end”.:)


How to 3D printed Copy Any Object

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How to 3D print copy any object. According to Switch & Lever,” Copying physical items is not as easy as copying a piece of paper, you can’t exactly stick it into a copy machine. However, surprisingly technology for how to copy physical objects have come a long way in recent years, and have also become available for those without deep pockets. In this video we’re copying a couple of different objects, using different methods, with different rates of success.”:)