Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 02/08/2011
Tuesday, 02/08/2011
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Zach Smith
Co-founder and Director of R&D
MakerBot Industries

"Low Cost, Compact, Small Scale Thermoplastic
Extrusion for Desktop 3D Printing "


ABSTRACT


Starting with the RepRap project in 2006, and continuing with MakerBot Industries in 2008, we have been conducting research into thermoplastic extrusion devices for use in our open source 3D printers. 3D printers are devices that automatically transform digital models of objects into physical things. Our 3D printers are open source, which means all of the designs and software are available for free. We have self-imposed requirements that make this a very difficult challenge: they must be reliable, low-cost (sub-$100), high accuracy, small size, and low weight. The design itself has gone through numerous iterations and is now currently on version 6. This talk will focus on the past, present, and future of thermoplastic extruders within the open source 3D printing community.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND:

Zach Smith is a co-founder and Director of R&D at MakerBot Industries which is a Brooklyn-based 3D printer startup. He has been involved in the open source 3D printing community from the very beginning of the RepRap project.