The Beginning (circa 2012)

Published by Douglas Slingerland on

(I originally posted this back in 2012, on blogger.  I’m consolidating my online content here.)

Not the beginning of the project, just the beginning of recording the project.

I haven’t made any noticeable headway until this point, so I’ve decided to start recording the progress and sharing it with the world.

The beginning of what?

A 3d printing empire, or an aluminum forge at least.  I’ve decided I wanted a 3d printer.  Ever since I first saw the technology and what it is capable of, then learned I can have it in my own house, I became enthralled.  I can’t afford to spend 700+ dollars buying parts to build a common model, or purchasing a pre-built one.  So I’ve decided to build my own.

Why? 

I figure I can make it a lot cheaper.  Sourcing the parts is really expensive.  If I can create all the parts myself, in house, then all I need is the raw material to create each individual piece.  This will dramatically reduce costs.  I’ve decided to start with an aluminum forge to melt a frame together.  (From soda cans)

What’s next?

Building a plastic recycling machine, ordering circuit boards, assembling a 3d printer prototype, creating funding.

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