PORTABLE 3D PRINTER
element14 and modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, build a portable 3D printer on today’s episode of “The Ben Heck Show.”
“This was my first attempt at building a 3D printer and I’m glad I could walk viewers through my trial and error process,” said Ben. “While the initial output wasn’t perfect, I still managed to accomplish what I set out to do in just two short weeks. That’s what the design process is all about.”
Using an array of components and tools, including an Arduino MC-Mega development board, a RepRap Arduino Mega Pololu Shield (RAMPS), a MakerBot printer, and his trusty CNC router, Ben creates a 3D printer complete with a mechanical assembly on the plastruder and dual Z axis motors that synchronize the printer arm movement. After tackling a few programming challenges, Ben prints his first 3D object.
The episode also features footage from the recent Maker Faire Bay Area where Ben unveiled his 3D printer and answered questions from festival attendees at element14′s booth. He also joined fellow industry heavyweights, Jeri Ellsworth and Mitch Altman during the event to discuss the impact technology has had on the U.S. education system, and to serve as judge of “The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge” where teams competed to build a project that helped advanced education.
“It’s always fun to watch Ben tackle something new as it gives us a first-hand look at the creative process he uses to bring his ideas to fruition,” said Kevin Yapp, chief marketing officer, Premier Farnell. “Similarly, the comprehensive resources at the element14 community can help inspire and fast track the complete design process.”