This year, with over 70 tents to the 3D Printer Village “Township,” selecting just a few projects to highlight is quite the challenge. I was thrilled to run into Vernon Barry “Jetguy” whose custom 3D printer mods and fixes I have been following (and benefitting from) for years. He has the latest version of a custom build design (above) that is built almost entirely out of Adafruit CNC and extrusion gear!
While I was pretty excited about this project, the colossal machine below was the show-stopper — a v2 of the ambitious predecessor he brought last year, this one was printing, and printing beautifully! (Check out the two top photos below from Toy Builder Labs that includes first a tall test print and then James Carpino’s 1/2-scale PrintrBot Simple sitting on the bed — “The Smallest 3D Printer in the Known Universe.”
This is the successor to the Ulti-Replicator demonstrated last year. Total print volume is nearly 4 feet cubed and is using genuine Replicator 1 components. Design will be released open source for everyone to build.
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!