Thursday, August 31, 2006

 

Techshop

Techshop is a facility in Menlo Park that's a huge, well-equipped workshop. For $100 per month, you can use the place, including all the machines and tools. Their equipment list includes:
I wish they had something like this where I live. Actually, every city needs one of these.



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I've got relatives out there! too bad my cousin's wedding was last september and not this september... I'd have extended my trip to get some work done! :)
 
Damn! Too far away to be cost-effective with gas costing $3/US gallon. :-(
 
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If we can get reprap working reliably, not just every city but every house might eventually have one!
 
I think I'm going to write a little piece for this for AgoraVox. This is a great concept.
 
Yeah, I can just imagine if a larger number of us had a 3D printer nearby. I think there'd be a sudden upsurge in the number of reprap prototypes being worked on. If one could, say, download the model files and print them locally, it'd be that much easier to get a start on a machine. The extruder head is probably the one piece that really needs to be printed. Most other items can be cobbled together.
 
"The extruder head is probably the one piece that really needs to be printed. Most other items can be cobbled together."

I don't know about that. I have an extruder head cobbled togeather out of MDF and plywood. I don't have the electronics done yet, so I don't know if it works well enough to actually extrude, but it can at least move a 3mm filament through the extruder with the nozzle removed.
 
How about some pics and drawings? :-)
 
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