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Feb 17, 2016 | By Benedict
Buildclass is offering courses revealing students how to create a DIY 3D printing device of 200+ parts. The two-day course and 3D printing device kit costs $1,600 and comes with all necessary components for an FFF or syringe FDM 3D printing device. Johns Hopkins University not long ago took part in the program.

Baltiadditional-based 3D printing specialist Buildclass is the brainchild of Evan Roche and Harrison Tyler, Entrepreneurs in Residence at Maryland Institute College of Art. Their Buildclass program promises “an intensive introduction to digital fabrication in that members create their own 3D printing device of the ground up over the course of two days”.
During the course, students have the opportunity to create their own FFF or syringe FDM 3D printing device. Each DIY 3D printing device can have a create volume of 100x100x100mm or 200x200x200mm, boasting a Z resolution of 100 µm and an X/Y resolution of 300 µm (FFF). Machines can be equipped for printing in plastics (PLA, ABS, PCLA); pastes and biomaterials; or both, thanks to easily swappable magnetic mounting plates.
Wannabe printing device manufacturers can get a taste of 3D printing device createing through the two-day Buildclass course. Johns Hopkins University not long ago requested this service, that proved a big good results with members. Roche and Tyler conducted the intensive workshop at JHU themselves, cutting and packaging the 200+ parts for every 3D printing device kit. During the two-day course, students were taught how to assemble, wire, and program their own 3D printing device, that they took home afterwards.
Ryan Demo, a JHU sophoadditional, was one of six students to sign up for the course, and told the university’s HUB magazine of his experience: “Building a 3D printing device is a lot like building Ikea furniture,” Demo said. “It’s advantageous than buying a 3D printing device. This way you learn how the entire thing works of the ground up. We did the physical structure of the printing device, we did the wiring, we may see the software, and we learned the desktop side of things where you prepare the 3D file and it comes to the printing device.”
The Buildclass JHU sessions took place at the university’s MakerSpace, located in the Digital Media Center, where every of the six students assembled their own 3D printing device frame of high-density polyethylene (cutting board), preceding soldering wires and connecting all the mechanical components needed for the 3D printing device to function. These components included an Ultimachine RAMBo 1.3 3D printing device motherboard with integrated ATmega2560 microcontroller, precision linear shafts, and Nema 17 stepper motors.


The students every had their own one-of-a-kind motivations for createing a DIY 3D printing device. After the course, Demo 3D printed a camera mount for his DSLR; Joey Lubin, a master’s student in chemical and bimolecular engineering, planned to print ornate edible treats for his sister’s wedding; while another unnamed student planned to 3D print a plastic part for his ’67 Ford Mustang.
Brian Iglehart, a staff member at JHU’s School of Medicine, in addition took part in the class, some day via his 3D printing device to print automation parts for his laboratory. The laboratory manager commented: “3D printing in the past was created for trinkets, but now were getting into ‘what can we quite do with that?’”
The JHU class was what Roche and Tyler call a “Multi-create” course: one in that every participant creates their own 3D printing device. But, Buildclass in addition offers a “Team-create” course, in that several members collaborate to create a single machine.

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