We've just pledged to the Kickstarter campaign for the Peachy 3D Printer! How exciting!
The Peachy is a super-affordable resin-based machine. Normally resin-based machines are crazy expensive, and the resin it too. The Peachy is being sold for around $100 (depending on whose fiat currency you're talking about) which will probably come out to around AUD$140 with shipping. At any rate, it's a bargain.
Have a look at the video to the right that explains how this machine has re-written the rule book on how simple a 3D printer can actually be, and how they can afford to sell the thing for a hundred bucks.
My mind has been blown by the ideas and inspirations behind wikihouse.cc
The basic idea here is to supercharge the ongoing democratisation of housing production, by making a repository of construction designs available under Creative Commons licensing. These guys are making houses with CNC routed plywood, and making their designs available to all. This is a trend that is already in play, and projects like this that encourage and facilitate it are sure to attract plenty of support and attention around the world.
This past Sunday afternoon The Robots Are Coming gave a presentation on 3D printing at an event for Aussie Hands at Lazy Moe's restaurant in Maribyrnong. Aussie Hands is a hand difference advocacy group that represents people who have a hand anomaly (or hand difference), whether it be congenital or acquired. The point of our presentation was to demonstrate a 3D printed device called Robohand. Robohand is a prosthetic attachment that is able to grasp. It is activated by the bending of the wrist, and so is useful for people without fingers on their hand. The device is designed to attach to the person's forearm and hand, and the fingers of the device are moved by a set of cables that are put into tension when the wrist is bent. It is a quite simple but effective mechanism that requires no electronics and no motors. Robohand was developed using 3D printers and is designed to be 3D printed. Because of this it is able to be made available to anyone who needs it. All you need is access to a 3D printer, plus a bit of time and attention. The people who designed it actually used 3D printers to collaborate on the design, as one lived in New York and the other in South Africa. They both printed out the designs as they were created so that they could see whether they worked well or not, and iterated the shape of the device that way.
Scott Phillips is a lawyer, designer and technologist, fascinated by the potential and the promise of 3D printing.