3D printing is downright fascinating, but for most of us, it's still just an expensive hobby. Fortunately, there are people out there like Duy Dang who hope to make it more affordable.
Duy is the man behind Eventorbot, a low-cost open-source 3D printer. Duy claims his printer is cheaper than others on the market thanks to its single steel frame, which reduces the number of parts required to make the thing work. It can replicate 80 percent of itself, so you can use the Eventorbot to print upgrade Eventorbot parts.
The printer can use both ABS plastic or the more environmentally friendly PLA plastic to print objects. The Eventorbot has a maximum printing area of 6 by 6 by 6 inches (a total build volume of 216 cubic inches). That's a decent size for a consumer-grade 3D printer, but isn't as large as the MakerBot Replicator's 410-cubic-inch build volume.
The printer is open-source and the schematics are readily available RepRap or Thingiverse, so you can tinker with it all you want. That includes blue prints to hardware recommended, and can be found on 3D printing community spaces,
Unassembled Eventorbot kits start at $500, which makes it one of the least expensive units out there. For $885 you can buy one preassembled and ready to go. And you can buy various components separately if you're looking to tweak from the basic frame. However, since the project still requires funding, Eventorbot won’t ship until about December.
Still, Eventorbot looks like it'll be a great starter kit for anyone who wants to explore the world of 3D printing. If you don’t mind a slight wait (a nice Christmas present, maybe?), head over to Kickstarter to pledge funds.
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