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An Affordable Metal 3D Printer?

So far, they’ve been plastic.  The results are pretty robust, but metal is a whole ‘nother ballgame:

Now, scientists have built an open-source 3D metal printer that costs under $1,200, sharing their design and software with the maker community.

“We have open-sourced the plans,” in the hopes of accelerating the technology by allowing others to build upon the design, said project leader Joshua Pearce, a materials engineer at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.

Most of the replacement parts you need are either metal or plastic, and up until now, the metal ones have been hard to fabricate.  Depending on the type and availability of the metal we’re talking about, Home Depot may need to get into the 3D plans business.

Posted in 3D Printing, SciTech.