3d printing

What's a Good Affordable 3D Printer for Beginners?

 3D Printer

Episode 1719

Rob from Fullerton, CA

Rob wants to know what's a good beginner 3D printer. Leo says that 3D printers are a hobbyist's delight, but they have to be kind of geeky. 3D printers are in the early days of technology, and they require a lot of attention and calibration. And Rob will have as many failures as successes. They are also expensive for a really good one. They are also not very fast, usually taking a few hours to a few days to get a print don

But Monoprice has one for around $200.  That's a good place to start. 

How Can I Learn to 3D Print a Prosthetic Arm?

 Winter Soldier.

Episode 1638

Edward from Los Angeles, CA

Edward's brother in law lost his arm and he wants to work with his son to design a prosthetic arm that looks like the Winter Soldier. Leo says to check out OpenBionics.com. He can also search for 3D-printed arms. It's becoming a huge space in the Maker community, as people are designing and 3D printing the prosthetic arms. Also, look at Raspberry Pi projects that use voice control. Check out ChatterBox, a DIY smart speaker that is a homebrew digital assistant. 

The Giz Wiz and the 3D Tablet

Episode 1600

Yes, there's an app for that. For the first time in their six-year history, 3Doodler is going mobile. The 3Doodler App, launched earlier in 2019, features 10+ tutorials and projects. 3Doodler said there will be weekly additions. The App is designed to help kids and adults successfully construct their own 3D projects at home. Right on the screen of the device you used to download the app you'll find stencils, tutorials and step-by-step instructions in a mobile friendly format.

Are 3D printed guns a threat?

3D Printed Gun

Episode 1514

Louis from Hollywood, CA

Louis is concerned about the so-called threat of 3D printed guns. Leo says that the worry about 3D printed guns is overblown. First, the plastic guns have to have one metal part by law. Second, it's always been legal to make your own gun, and enthusiasts have been milling guns for years. It's very expensive to do it, it's cheaper to just buy one. Hobbyists will find it interesting, but they aren't going to start the apocalypse. So it's much ado about nothing, really. It won't change the fundamental issues of gun ownership.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1237

Dick went to the Special Equipment Manufacturer's Association (SEMA) show and they had a custom 3D printed car! Called the LM3D Swim, the idea is if you have a fender bender, you just reprint what's broken. It uses a combination of plastic and carbon fiber. Leo says it looks like a dune buggy. It's got an electric motor and will be available in 2017 for $53,000. We're getting to the point where anything can be 3D printed and imagine being able to custom design your own car.

Check out this crazy Kickstarter Campaign!

Episode 1073

Ralph from Clairmont, CA

Ralph creates 3D characters and then carves them out of foam for Disney. He's employing the same technology and starting a new business where he uses a cat scanner and laser 3D scanner, then 3D prints it to create accurate miniature dinosaur skulls that he casts in precious metals. Check out Ralph's Kickstarter campaign. Leo says it's a shameless plug, but he loves it and has to have one.