Homemade 3D Printer Goes Both Ways

Mebonics printer uses both additive and subtractive manufacturing to create new objects.

(Editor's note: The following is a transcript of the video seen above)

Voiceover, Nick Barber: This homemade machine from Boston area Mebonics is a sort of all-in-one 3D printer, which can do both additive and subtractive manufacturing. It's a 3D printer which can print using different kinds of plastics and a CNC mill, which can machine parts made of wood, thermosetting plastic and metal.

Jeremy Fryer-Biggs, CEO, Mebonics: It will read any kind of G-code. If you have an STL file made or a DXF or a DWG all different choices. You convert those to G-code in a slice of program and then you take that G-code and just run it on the machine. So you can run print parts, mill parts or you can print parts that you mill afterwards.

Barber: The reason Fryer-Biggs wanted to make the machine was because he tried to find something similar himself without much luck. He said hardware start-ups need something like this to rapidly prototype.

Fryer-Biggs: If you're developing software all you need is a computer, some people and some coffee. If you want to make hardware, you need a full machine shop and the whole idea behind this machine is that we can give it to small companies and they can iterate their hardware on the spot exactly how they want.

Barber: The machine needs to be further refined so that it can be mass produced, which Fryer-Biggs said will take about nine months. When the machine goes on sale it will cost about $3,200.

This story, "Homemade 3D Printer Goes Both Ways" was originally published by Network World.

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