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January 8, 2015 AT 1:00 am

3Dx2014 – Erin RobotGrrl #3DThursday #3DPrinting

We invited a handful of members of the 3D printing community that we have been featuring for #3DThursday or on our weekly 3D Hangouts live show to share with us their thoughts about the past year, what they each shared, and what they are looking forward to for 2015.


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Erin RobotGrrl makes robots!

She had this to say:

Was out for a week with a cold over the break. Thanks for the offer to include it again. Hope it is all going awesome there. Can’t wait for the next episode of Circuit Playground!

Here is some of her recent work, shared at Maker Faire Ottawa 2014:

Q: TOP THREE PRINTING MOMENTS FROM 2014?

  1. Soft robotics toolkit
  2. Graphene filament created in a home lab
  3. Computational Design of Linkage-Based Characters

Q: WHAT’S A 3D PROJECT YOU SHARED THIS YEAR?

An Automatic Food Slicer robot that used a 3d printed chassis, augmented reality, and a gesture sensor. It was able to slice play doh.

Flexineocube – two flexible circuit boards that fold together to create a cube that uses neopixels. We improved some methods of 3d printing an etch-resist onto flexible circuit board material (Pyralux).

Q: WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO FOR 3D PRINTING IN 2015?

I’m looking forward to when someone creates a new 3D printer that uses two robotic arms to simultaneously extrude filament and glue. The arms would not be limited to a single axis of movement, so prints could be fabricated in a manner that is better than the usual bottom-top approach. There would also be swappable tool heads, for polishing, sanding, or micro-subtraction like drilling small holes.

(ED NOTE: and now that is what *I* am most looking forward to! Wow!)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!


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