Monday, March 26, 2012

Plastic Carraige Progress

Our group has recently decided to design a carraige to hold the plastic used for the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic. Today, three group members began sketching possible solutions using Autodesk Inventor. Most designs included four wooden arms connected to a round lazy susan that would attach to the top of the printer. Ideally, the plastic spool would rest on the lazy susan and the extruder motor on the printer would pull down any amount of plastic needed. In theory this should make the printing process more efficient and less cluttered.