June 26, 2014 AT 4:00 am

DreamVendor Brings Students’ Fantasies And 3D Designs To Life #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning #3D

DreamVendor Brings Students’ Fantasies And 3D Designs To Life. From Solidsmack:

…the DreamVendor is home to the physical examples of the latest research by the members of the DREAMS Lab. The force behind this project is Chris Williams, Director of Virginia Tech’s DREAMS Lab, and student Amy Elliot. The lab opened its doors in Spring of 2012 and ever since students have been using it for school projects and personal designs. In the Fall of 2013, DreamVendor 2 came about when eight Virginia Tech mechanical engineering students were given the task of creating the next-gen.

Here are some of the key features that were introduced in the new machine:

  • The DreamVendor 2 is redesigned specifically for the 3D Printing vending machine application.
  • The off-the-shelf, closed-source printers system is replaced by an extensively modified Kossel Deltabot-style extrusion printer.
  • As a result dependence on any specific 3D printer OEM was removed. All of the printer’s parts are either purchased from a common supplier or are custom-designed and 3D Printed.
  • The new machine is easier to maintain.
  • Inspired by Werner Berry’s Berrybot3D design, this new printer’s entire extrusion head assembly is attached through a series of magnetic ball joints.
  • As a result, all data is sent using a single Cat5 cable; high current power is provided using a single cable with a TX-60 quick-connector.
  • Because of this method, print head assemblies can be exchanged out almost instantly, thus reducing downtime.
  • The printer now uses STL files on a USB drive and takes inputs via the touch-screen user interface….

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1 Comment

  1. My gosh, the technology nowadays is just amazing! Never in my dreams have I imagined this would be possible. This is just great! Keep up the good work!

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