Our August 11 speaker was Erick Wolf, President of Airwolf 3D. who talked about 3D printing. Based in Costa Mesa, they manufacture open rigid frame 3D printers and printer kits. To see the type of machines they manufacture, go to http://www.airwolf3D.com. It appears that the printer can use eight different types of plastics.
Their 3D printer is $1,695 while comparable units are $19,000.
3D printing can be used for rapid prototyping and models. The objects are built up layer by layer based on engineering drawings from a computer. It looks like they are using one of the Arduino related controller boards and the software they offer is open source.
Eric is also an intellectual property attorney and has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
On the 3D printer is a completed turbine that was printed in less time than Erick’s talk. Like fast.