Print a Dinosaur--or Mouse--With This Expandable 3D Printer

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Now that we've got your are two great GeekTech tastes that go great together: A new Kickstarter campaign is aiming to fund a line of sub-$1000 3D printers. The printer is called Maxifab, and its creator, Ryan Robinson, wants to raise $5,000 through Kickstarter to fund the design and construction of this new model.

Maxifab is a unique spin on 3D printing in that you can configure it to fit your needs. Most 3D printers have a limited build area--that is, the maximum object size that the printer can fabricate. The Maxifab is designed to let you scale the printer's casing if you want or need a larger build area for the printer.

To quote the Kickstarter page:

“Using the Maxifab framework, the end user can build his/her machine from anything ranging from plywood to carbon fiber, and as small as a shoebox or as big as a refrigerator – the build envelope is directly related to the case size.”

Ok, you won't be able to print an entire T-Rex skeleton with this, but you get the idea.

A $650 donation to the team’s kickstarter will get you everything you need to construct a full Maxifab machine and $900 will get you a fully functioning model that’s ready to go with no construction required.

[Photo: Ryan Robinson]

If the campaign proves successful, backers won’t be the only ones to get some cool rewards. Once the plans are finished, Ryan and the Maxifab team plan to put the designs up on Thingiverse, giving anyone with access to a 3D printer the ability to build the maxi-fab casing along with instructions on the other parts needed to build your own.

Translation: You'll be able to 3D-print a 3D printer. Try to keep your head from exploding.

Want to learn more? Take a look at the Maxifab Kickstarter page and the Maxifab blog.

[Maxifab, Kickstarter]

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