Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sketchbot 3d Prototype - Pieces Finally Arrive!

The Sketchbot 3d printed pieces FINALLY arrived this afternoon. (mental note - USPS "Priority" is an oxymoron)

I am extremely happy with the quality and detail of these! They do require some additional cleanup, and after about an hour of wet sanding to remove the very slight remnants of layering and micro-scratches, they are rock smooth.

The pieces all have a snug fit, though, the more I've been playing around with it, the looser the connections are becoming.

I won't be able to generate molds from this until sometime next week, so please marvel at these photos to tide you over until the next phase begins. :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sketchbot 3d Print Progress

How cool is this? Gabriel from Crystalline Models was kind enough to snap a few pictures of the Sketchbot model in mid-print. I would love to see a time lapse of this process. The printer being used is the Objet Eden260V, which has a .00006” layer thicknesses (16 microns).

I'm extremely impressed with the turnaround time. I uploaded the geometry Friday afternoon, the print was finished later that night, then shipped out on Saturday. I could be receiving the pieces as early as tomorrow (Monday), which means I can start creating molds ASAP. Stay tuned...