The Canadian-produced television show “How It’s Made” visited our headquarters in Loveland, Colorado on June 13th to film a segment for the show. If you have ever wondered how 3D printers are made, keep an eye out because our episode is set to air sometime next season. For those unfamiliar with the show, it shows how everyday items are manufactured – everything from bubblegum to musical instruments and now, LulzBot 3D printers!
…The final stop of the day was in assembly to show how the printer is put together. As mentioned earlier, the printed parts from the cluster, which are normally black ABS, were mostly printed in LulzBot green ABS, creating a custom “How It’s Made” TAZ 4 3D printer.
Initial shots were of pre-sub assembly activities around wire crimping and harnessing, drilling holes, placing thermal insets, and applying PET tape to borosilicate glass beds. Then the crew moved into regular assembly steps of building the printers themselves, and final testing, calibration, and quality control before the printers are packed to ship to our customers in 65 countries around the world.
Everyone here at Aleph Objects is excited to see the final, edited segment which will air on The Discovery Channel in 2015….
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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! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. 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!