MakerBlock: 3Dx2013 Year In Review #AdafruitTopTen #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning #3D
We reached out to a handful of 3D printing pioneers and designers featured on the Adafruit blog this past year for their thoughts on the year-in-review — and what we have to look forward to for 3D printing in 2014!
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Watching the development of this project over the last year has been inspiring. The Robo Hand project is probably the most noble use of 3D printing to date. It’s really amazing that children and adults can now have a more functional, more comfortable custom prosthetics plus a 3D printer to make more at just a fraction of the cost of a single commercial prosthetic.
Last year I started work on my simple drawing robot, the Tiny 3-Axis CNC. The current version is smaller than a paperback novel, uses eight 3D printed plastic parts, three micro servo motors, the parts snap-fit together except for the servo set screws, and it can be controlled by an Arduino over USB. I just finished the Arduino code and Processing Sketch to be able to draw SVG files. Since the robot is not just a drawing robot, but an actual 3-axis CNC, it could be used as a platform for lots of other purposes. I’ve published all the 3D printable files, the Arduino code, and Processing code and my website explains exactly how to build a drawing robot with step-by-step photo tutorials.
Q: What are you most looking forward to for 3D Printing in 2014?
I’m looking forward to everyday people creating more DIY prosthetics like the Robot Hand project. No where like homemade custom prosthetics does affordable home 3D printing truly change lives.
I’m also looking forward to new people being exposed to 3D printing and becoming the next wave of 3D designers.
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