I am currently building a 3D printer called Vector 3.
It is part of the 3D Printer Collection by Eaglemoss, and is a weekly subsciption magazine which is complete in 90 issues.
The magazine includes (extracts from the website) …
3D DESIGN TUTORIAL
Learn how to create your own 3D models using SketchUp Make and other 3D modelling programs. Written by experts, these step-by-step tutorials will ensure that you quickly get to grips with this exciting new technology. SketchUp Make is available to download for free, meaning you can start 3D modelling today!
THE WORLD OF 3D PRINTING
This section explains 3D printing and looks at the many and varied ways in which it is changing the process of making just about anything – from car parts, medical equipment and construction to design, fashion, sport, toy-making and almost everything in between.
3D PRINTING TECHNIQUES
Get to grips with the technology and gain a greater understanding of 3D printing. From 3D scanning to file formats, multi-stage printing to printer maintenance, learn all you need to know about this fascinating new print medium.
THE DESIGN FILES
It all begins with a concept. This section gives inspiration and advice on the astonishing range of items you can create with your 3D printer. It includes a library of 3D model files – including exclusives – that you can download from the 3D Create & Print website, print on Vector 3 or send to a 3D print bureau.
BUILD YOUR 3D PRINTER
Clearly illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to build your Vector 3 printer.
Handy tips and useful extras to make your 3D learning curve even smoother!
The 3D printer specifications are as follows:
Single jet nozzle: 0.40mm
Can print with biodegradable PLA or strong, recyclable ABS
Layer thickness: 0.1 ~ 0.40mm
Zero waste – prints one layer at a time using only the amount of material required for each object
Prints any object up to 140mm x 140mm x 135mm
Print speed: 10–100cm3/h
Printer weight: 9kg
Printer size: 400mm x 295mm x 356mm
Power requirements: 220-240V 50-60Hz
Input format: STL
Computer compatibility: Windows Vista +, Mac OSX 10.7+
3D Create & Print (licensed un the Apache licence v2.0)
Vector 3 prints from a reel of biodegradable, eco-friendly material called PLA (Poly Lactic Acid), which is derived from plants. It can also print using ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), which is tougher but not biodegradable. Both come in thin lengths of filament and are available in a multitude of colours. PLA is a favourite with home users, as it has a semi-sweet smell when heated (compared to the plasticky smell of ABS) and it cools and sets very quickly.
I have subscribed to the magazine and therefore receive the following items
I cant wait for the printer to be complete to start designing and making some 3D objects 🙂