3D Printer Arrives at FabLab
FabLab introduces professional grade 3D printing and prototyping to Tacoma with the delivery of the Mojo Desktop 3D Printer from Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS).
“3D printing has long been out of reach for many hobbyists and inventors. The process is typically slow, costly, and often must be done in facilities halfway across the country,” said FabLab Tacoma Founder, Stephen Tibbitts. “If I had an idea - say a smartphone case I was developing - I would have to go through a very costly prototyping process just to get my idea out of my head and developed into a physical object. That’s a huge barrier to overcome. This Mojo printer at FabLab Tacoma breaks down those barriers.”
About the size of a large office printer, the Mojo 3D printer uses what is know as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The printer works similar to the inkjet printers used in any home or office. However, instead of ink, the printer deposits a layer of ABS Plastic (the hard, durable plastic which Lego pieces are made of) onto a platform. The layers are extruded at such a high heat that they fuse together to become a solid object. Parts can be made of many hundreds of layers as each layer is less than a hundredth of an inch thick. After each deposited layer the platform is lowered slightly, eventually revealing a fully completed physical model or part.
FabLab Tacoma, which opens in November in downtown Tacoma, aims to be the Northwest’s premier membership-based workshop for makers, students, educators, engineers, and artists. The Mojo printer is a key piece of equipment for the FabLab, allowing ideas to go from a sketch, to 3D model, to reality very quickly.
“I am am going to use this to make my own chess pieces.” said John Worsham, a University of Washington Arts, Media and Culture student, as he watched the Mojo print a test piece. “I can model movie characters, miniatures of my friends- the possibilities are really endless. How great would it be to have a board game piece modeled after yourself?”
The FabLab is a short walk from anywhere on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. “I walk by the FabLab on my way to class every day. When I saw the laser, the tools, and the other pieces arriving, I stopped in for a tour. Knowing that all these tools are available for my use, I’m inspired by all the creative possibilities.” continued Worsham.
About FabLab Tacoma
Opening on November 1st, Fablab Tacoma is a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of highly creative people and a multitude of high quality machines, tools and software. FabLab offers meet-ups, classes, workshops and instruction for people of all ages and skill levels.
For information visit http://www.FabLabTacoma.com, or email info@FabLabTacoma.com. FabLab Tacoma is on Twitter as “@FabLabTacoma” and on Facebook as “FabLabTacoma”.