A Hackerspace 3D Printing Class
As promised here are some further details about the upcoming Santa Barbara Hackerspace 3D printing class. First let me clarify that this is a rough outline and there are very likely to be some changes. The class will last for 4-6 weeks metting one a week for 4-6 hours at the Hackerspace in Goleta. We are shooting for a class size of 10-20 people and the class will cost $600-$800. The fees include a complete 3D printer kit (based on a reprap variant), assembly of the printer, calibration, and printing basics using open source software (sketchup, blender, and others), as well as some plastic to print with. The class will be taught by Mike K. and Nick W. who have both assembled their own printers and racked up a lot of time running their own printers’, the hackerspace’s, and the Santa Barbara Public Library’s. The goal of the class is to get 3D printers into as many hands as possible, as well as teaching the community the skills neccessary to operate their printers. All procedes will go towards purchasing a laser cutter for the Hackerspace to help round out our compliment of tools. We will be posting a sign-up sheet on this page as things are firmed up and we are ready to accept deposits. There will also be a number of updates to this post as things come together.
This is a MDF based Mendel 90 RepRap, one of the candidates for the class build. After assembling it we determined that it would likely be too difficult to assemble in a class environment. Next we’ll try a Mendel Prusa i3, which should be assembled in the coming weeks. I will be posting a class signup sheet by the time assembly is complete.
Our prototype for the class has been assembled and it prints! We are doing a little streamlining and finalizing our BOM but expect some more photos and updates soon. We are also nearly done with the class sign up page so watch for that, we will tweet / email the google group when we post it so keep an eye out.
here’s our first official class printer being assembled!
Our sign up page for the 3D printing class is live at tinyurl.com/sbprinterweekend sign up and get yourself a printer! Here are some shots of the completed prototype all set up and ready to print. Watch it in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQx_3uT6dtQ&feature=youtu.be