0

Profile of Unusual 3D Printing Materials Inventor Kai Parthy, Creator of “Printable Wood” Laywoo-d3 and “Printable Brick” Laybrick #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Kai parthy

Check out this short profile of 3D printing materials inventor Kai Parthy, best known for introducing the Laywoo-D3 and Laybrick materials, from 3D Printer World:

To date, Parthy is the force behind such innovative materials as BendLay, Laywood-D3 and Laybrick.

But the development of new printing media has not been without hurdles to overcome for Parthy. He says many smart materials for 3D printing processes already exist in the prosumer market, but are restricted from further refinement by patent holders. Parthy points to the temperature controlled build chamber patent held by Stratasys as an example.

He calls himself “an old school anti-warp fighter” who tests material features with a series of home-built tools. One of those tools, a vicat heat distortion gauge, is filled with sunflower oil instead of the common glycerine.

In developing his Laywoo-D3 and Laybrick materials, scaling up from blending polymers with kitchen devices to blending them with massive machines in the hundreds of pounds range posed the biggest challenge.

“No company wanted to blend, dry and extrude only a few kilograms,” Parthy said. “One ton would have to be the first minimum order. I had to find a company willing to collect branches for the wood fibers and then an extruding company that had all the necessary equipment in-house – and enough patience with me.”

Perhaps his most intriguing material, wood fiber-based Laywoo-D3 seems to include rings like those found in trees. “I wanted to have a filament without warp, for printing bigger objects,” Parthy said. “After putting pigments into the blend which I thought would reduce the warp, I found, after lot of failures, an optically interesting rough wood-containing filament. It was only later that I discovered the tree ring effect.” The tree ring look of the finished printed object comes from variations in printing temperature.

Read more.

Laywoo d3

Gritweiss zugx600


649-1
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 13,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython 2019!

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell with Google Hangouts On-Air is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — A list of companies owned by Amazon. It’s big.

Wearables — Stitch marks

Electronics — Capacitor ESR

Biohacking — Vitamin-C + Gelatin for Accelerated Recovery

Python for Microcontrollers — Python snakes its way to the STM32, Serpente, and more!

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Adafruit IO Updates, RGB Stream Deck Message Panel, and more

Microsoft MakeCode — Welcome to the MakeCode Newsletter!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.