Monthly Archives: December 2010

2011 – The year of the 3D printer?

Just how popular is the desktop 3D printer now as opposed to a year ago? How popular will it be this time next year? There are a few tools available that may help provide quantitative answers to these questions. One such tool is Google … Continue reading

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IceRap – Water deposition for ice printing?

What if you could use water, straight out of your tap, as a feed stock for your 3D printer? This is an idea that has been in the back of my mind for quite some time.  Obviously you couldn’t use liquid water … Continue reading

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Constructing the ‘gunstrap’

I have started to build the new larger Mantis CNC inspired repstrap. The plywood i’m using for its construction is, oddly enough, from 8mm rifle ammunition boxes previously used by the Australian navy. Its 16mm thick, easy to work with and … Continue reading

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Rethinking the Mantis Repstrap.

The Mantis CNC is a well thought out and very easy to construct PCB mill. Unfortunately, as it was originally designed as a PCB milling tool its build area is very restricted both horizontally and vertically. Because of this, and a few … Continue reading

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