For the past few months, I’ve been very busy getting things ready for Printed Solid’s first official MakerFaire New York appearance. We have been approved for a full booth and are extremely excited about it. While I’ve done a few smaller MakerFaire’s and other events, this will be the largest scale by far. Here are some of the things that will be featured and available at our booth on 9/20 and 9/21 at the New York Hall of Science.
LOST PLA Casting
Turn PLA into metal. It’s magic, right? The process is relatively straightforward. You print your part (preferably in PLA), use that part to make a temporary mold, then pour metal. We’ll have samples of successful castings as well as some of the parts that didn’t quite do so well. A video of the process will be running on a small screen throughout the day. I can answer some basic questions and can take any more difficult questions back to our casting guru Dave, who can’t make it. We will also have some small castings of little make robot chamrs on sale for $10-$15 Here is one of the larger castings we're particularly excited to show off. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]
T-Rex in Yellow Brass[/caption]
We have a Makerbot Replicator Dual (the original in the wood case), Ultimaker Original, Robo3D, and Printrbot Simple in our shop. We’ve been running all of them pretty heavily lately. We’ll have sample prints in many of the different materials and colors that we offer for sale in our webshop such as colorFabb bronze, wood, and glowfill and Protopasta Carbon Fiber filled PLA. We will have a gumball machine stuffed with printed charms which should be a lot of fun. Here are a few of the prints that will be on display. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"]
Tulips Printed in colorFabb PLA/PHA Model: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:175976[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]
Spider Printed in Protopasta Carbon Fiber Submitted by Aaron Brown Model Source http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9646[/caption]
FILAMENT AND FILAMENT SAMPLES
Sometimes it’s hard to communicate the different properties of filament materials by showing prints. So, we’ve decided to have lengths of all kinds of different filaments available for people to play with. The properties of those filaments (with the obvious exception of layer bonding) translate into the properties of your print. You’ll be able to feel how strong and flexible nylons and ninjaflex are compared to how extremely rigid carbon fiber is. One fun activity will be to try the knot test with colorFabb PLA/PHA and other standard PLA. This is less obvious in 1.75mm filament, but with 3mm, it is pretty easy to tie a knot with colorFabb and pull it tight. Regular PLA snaps as the knot is tightened. We will have full spools of every material in our catalog (including bronzefill!) available at a discounted price in a limited quantity. If you expect to want to pick up some filament at the show, feel free to checkout through the site and select local delivery as your shipment option. I am also excited to announce that we will have samples of the new colored colorFabb XT featuring Eastman Amphora polymer. Is it up to all the hype? We think so, but show up early and grab a sample to prove it to yourself!
We will be printing on a Robo3D R1 throughout both days. The printer we use will be available to purchase and we will also have a few new in box Robos available to buy.
Matthew Gorton is the founder of printedsolid.com. He is a mechanical / materials engineer by education and has worked as a design, process and quality engineer in the medical, electronics, and aerospace industries. He is enthusiastic about applying all he has learned through these experiences to 3D printing and sharing that with others.
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