A rapid prototyping fabrication machine is known as a “fabber”. CNC or Computer Numerically Controlled machine tools take instructions from a computer, often in the form of a computer aided design (CAD) output and produce precisely constructed objects. 3D printer add successive layers of material to create 3D objects. This is called “additive manufacturing” and is the most common method of rapid prototyping. This is now starting to be called rapid manufacturing. Fab@home produces plans for an open source personal fabrication printer.

fab@home – [fabathome.com]
the open source personal fabricator project

Fab@Home will change the way we live. It is a platform of printers and programs which can produce functional 3D objects. It is designed to fit on your desktop and within your budget. Fab@Home is supported by a global, open-source community of professionals and hobbyists, innovating tomorrow, today. Join us, and Make Anything.

Fab at Home, Open-Source 3D Printer, Lets Users Make Anything
– [popularmechanics.com]

Hod Lipson didn’t set out to revolutionize manufacturing. He just wanted to design a really cool robot, one that could “evolve” by reprogramming itself and would also produce its own hardware–a software brain, if you will, with the ability to create a body. To do this, Lipson (below, center) needed a rapid-prototyping fabrication, or “fabber.” Picture a 3D inkjet printer that deposits droplets of plastic, layer by layer, gradually building up an object of any shape. Fabbers have been around for two decades, but they’ve always been the pricey playthings of high-tech labs–and could only use a single material.

SOURCEFORGE – Fab@Home – [sourceforge.net]

The Fab@Home Project (http://www.fabathome.org) allows you to build your own fabber (3D printer/rapid prototyper), which can print almost anything, right on your desktop. The Fab@Home application is the interface between you and your fabber.

New Fab@Home Machine “Model 2″
– [makerbot.com]

Fab@Home has announced it’s new 3D printer designs. They don’t sell 3D printers, they do research and developent and then they set them free for all to benefit from and build on their own. How awesome is that? The Fab@Home project is out of Cornell University and I’ve been a big fan of their work since I first got into 3D printing. The fab@home machine is a bit different than the MakerBot in that it focuses on a syringe based toolhead instead of plastic extruder.

Frequently Asked Questions – [fabathome.com]

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Printing Body Tissue

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