Recently, one of our undergraduate students, Alex Denton, finished building a 3D printer. This has been a side project for quite some time, so seeing it complete it exciting!
The 3D printer is a “build it yourself” Prusa Mendel Iteration 2. The
printer uses all Open Source software, RAMPS electronics, an Arduino
Mega 2560, and even has 3D printed functioning parts. Since the printer was finished in summer 2016, it has only printed small geometric objects for calibration purposes. However, we will soon begin printing more elaborate custom objects to assist another professor in her research. We plan to continue to increase the precision and accuracy of our prints so that eventually we may be able to design small prosthetic fitting prototypes and design intricate track spikes.
Check it out!