I have been looking at some of the cool stuff people have been making with their 3D printers, that I had to try one myself,
where to start?
After a long talk with Darrin the owner of www.fabitrabbit.com we teamed up to put our 2 cents into the 3D printing world,
We did not like a few things the others were doing, not that it was wrong with what others are doing, but we felt learning / using ReplacatorG software, using Audiuno controls, and building an entire new machine for 3D printing was something we were not prepared to do, and we felt it was unnecessary since we already have cnc routers, which are the perfect platform for a 3D printer, and in most cases are stronger and much more accurate then any dedicated 3D printers, if you have ever looked at a MakerBot, Reprap, etc. you would understand.
So our Objectives- design a better resolution 3D printing extruder in 2 weeks or less , use mach3 or emc for control, and do it on an existing cnc router
Well less then 2 weeks later, the results so far have been great, and exceeded my expectations
Extruder screwed to the side of router mount
3D printing a pen holder
All holes were printed
I truly did not think 3D printing had any value, but combined with this high resolution DualDrive extruder head, and the ability to finish machine the part with the same machine, if needed, use Mach3, and to create parts not otherwise do able, has got us thinking otherwise, it’s been very fun so far.
I prefer to use plastic t-nuts and clamps on my cnc router when ever possible, and my cutter likes them too, when it runs into them , here's some I printed
if anyone wants more detailed information just ask
here are some stl files