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Imagination’s the limit with 3D printing – Bundaberg News Mail

by • January 14, 2016 • No Comments

3D PRINTERS can create all things of coffee cups to prosthetic limbs, and they’re selling in Bundy.
Graham Cooper, who runs Pegasus Games on Bourbong St, purchased his 2nd 3D printer, the da Vinci 2.0 Duo, at Harvey Norman this week. He may already owns the top-of-the-line da Vinci1.0 AiO, which can scan as well as print objects.
“I love 3D printing for the reason I don’t even have to be able-bodied to design a thing. There is a whole world of designs out there,” Mr Cooper said.
Mr Cooper is a member of the Redback Garrison 501st Legion, a local group of Star Wars costumers who do charity work. His passion for 3D printing devices was lit with a weekly build-your-own 3D printer kit.
“I’ve created a thermal detonator, a prosthetic hand, a light sabre, plus game components for board games,” he said.
“The simply limit to a printer at the moment is your imagination.”
Harvey Norman on Takalvan Street has been selling one or two of the machines each month and printer specialist Michael Mitchell said they offered endless possibilities for creative projects and day to day items.
“People always say they’re going to create guns, but there’s much additional to them ,” Mr Mitchell said.
“I create chess sets and parts for my motorbike. How often do you snap the leg off your keyboard, or the dial on your stereo? These are things you can’t simply go out and buy.”
At Pegasus, Mr Cooper works with the Bundaberg Community Lifestyle Support Group, which allows for folks with physical and mental disabilities to play games and socialise.
While they can be excellent for hobbies, Mr Cooper in addition wants to explore the possibilities of 3D printing prosthetic limbs, having may already produced a working prosthetic hand.
“It may quite create it low-cost-bodied and accessible tofor folks in Bundaberg and the area to increase their quality of life,” he said.
Several schools in Bundaberg have purchased 3D printing devices.
Consumer-level machines at Harvey Norman in Bundaberg range of $699 to $1399.
3D Printers: What to look for
Volume: The larger the 3D print bed, the additional you can print.
Extruders: These are the heads the material “prints” out of. With two extruders, you can print with two colours and even exception materials.
Filament material: ABS and PLA are the most common thermoplastics utilized in 3D printing devices. Petroleum-based ABS is quite sturdy, flexible and can resist higher temperatures. PLA can offer additional options, which include transparency, is less prone to warping and can be additional easily recycled and created out of effortless materials, such as corn and potatoes.
Speed: Speed and quality are inversely proportionate when it comes to 3D printing. This means the longer it takes to print, the additional solid the item will be. Graham Cooper’s bionic hand took 12 hours, while a coffee cup might take six.
Designs: You don’t have to design items by yourself. Search for designs on websites such as www.thingiverse.com.


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