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October 9, 2014 AT 2:00 am

Brandon Fosdick: From Rocket Science to Developing Affordable SLS #3DPrinting #3DPMetal #3DThursday

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Brandon Fosdick: From Rocket Science to Developing Affordable SLS, from 3DPrint.com. Follow the project at Hackaday project page!

…One Aerospace Engineer, by the name of Brandon Fosdick, wanted an SLS 3D printer, but didn’t have the money to afford such a machine. So, what he did, is something not many of us would have been able to accomplish. He set out to build his very own laser sintering 3D printer, called the Ester, using his knowledge of engineering and programming to help along the way.

“The machine is about the size of a MakerBot Replicator,” Fosdick tells 3DPrint.com. “I was going for something that’s “desktop compatible”, and the Replicators at the local TechShop seem to be about the right size. The build volume is 100mm x 100mm x 100mm, but I hope to increase it for later iterations. I’d love to get to a 1m cube, but that wouldn’t fit on my desk any more.”

A few months ago, Fosdick accomplished the laser sintering of a tiny two-layer square, which at the time excited him greatly. Little did he know that in a few months he would have a machine capable of so much more….

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