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 Post subject: 3D Printer Class feeler
PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:01 am 
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All,

I'm working up several classes on 3D Printers and would like to gauge interest. Here is a quick rundown of the classes I'm working on and a quick description;

3D Printers 101 - An overview of current technologies, both open source and private, from desktop to building sized. A quick primer to 3D modeling and printer software, as well as slicing programs. We'll also talk a bit about Thingiverse and Github where you can find a lot of excellent models ready to print or easily modified to your needs.

Build a RepRap - Build your own RepRap 3D Printer, based off the Prusa 2 model. This course will need some lead time as I'll need to print all the parts for class attendees, not to mention sourcing and ordering any non-printed parts. This class will cost approximately $600, hopefully less, but at the end of it you'll have your own 3D printer and have a basic understanding of how to start using it. The class will be broken into several sections; building the frame, adding the motors and electronics, build a power supply, loading and using the software, tuning and leveling.

3D Modeling - I'll need help with this one as I'm only really versed in AutoCAD, Revit and a bit of 3DS Max, which aren't available to most people. I'd like to have folks that work with Blender and OpenSCAD and some of the other freeware programs to jump in and give a hand.

DIY 3D printer electronics - This is mainly an idea I have of getting a group of knowledgable people together to either design from scratch or use an existing design to come up with an electronics package for the RepRap that is affordable. I'm shooting for $50 for each unit, which is about 1/3 the cost of the cheapest available package. My personal choice, at the moment, is the Gen& boards from the RepRap community, but there may be better options.

Please, submit questions or express interest here or contact me via email at [email protected] .

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Jon Atkinson

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printer Class feeler
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:03 am 
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When I try to use that voting form I get the following error message web page:
The submitted form was invalid. Try submitting again.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printer Class feeler
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:15 am 
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Apparently I can't get the poll to work. I've tried re-submitting, deleting and re-adding it, and a couple other things but I can't get it to work. Maybe we'll just have to do it the old fashioned way, tell me what you want.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Printer Class feeler
PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:24 pm 
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I have a few replies for people wanting to learn more about 3D printing and a several that are interested in the electronics portion. I'll get to work on that class right away.

Once we get the electronics nailed down I think we'll be able to offer a class for building your own reprap for a much better price than is currently available. I'd like to talk to some of the machinists at the HF to see if we can produce our own extruder hot ends, as well. Since those 2 items constituted about half the expense of my printer and I think we can get things in the $3-400 range instead of the $5-600 range.

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