CoreFab112: Intermediate 3D Printing with the Makerbot Replicator
Intermediate 3D Printing with the Makerbot Replicator CoreFab Prereq: None Cost: $20Learn to take any virtual 3D file on the computer and print it into a real world object! 3d printers are the wave of the future for in-home fabrication. This technology will one day render production and distribution obsolete by allowing you to pull from a virtual product database and produce any object within your own home at the click of a button.Intro to Makerbot and FDM 3D PrintingThe Makerbot is the little brother to the ZPrinter 310. Portable, easy to fabricate, affordable materials, and only a tiny fraction of the cost of commercial printers, this desktop alternative for 3D printing makes it possible for anyone to have their very own 3D printer at home! The Makerbot is the epitome of the democratization of automated fabrication!The key technology behind the Makerbot and almost every other desktop 3D printer under $3000 is a technology known as FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) or FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) in the open source communities. Everything from the Makerbot, to the Bukobot, UP!, Type A, Ultimaker, or Printrbot all work on this fundamental filament extrusion process of 3D printing made popular by the original Makerbot Cupcake!