FLOSS Weekly 92

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FLOSS Weekly
Episode 92



MakerBot, an affordable open source 3D printer for home users.

A brief overview of how an object is designed and printed will be explained. I will use the Twit Coin that I (RobertHunt) created as an example. The process starts by creating a digital design on the computer. There is a wide range of software available to do this, I chose to use Blender as it's open source and something I'm comfortable with. The design was based on an existing thing which was the MakerBot Coin. I removed the logo and then used a copy of the TWIT logo to trace the new design.

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Once the design was complete, a render was generated to give an impression of what the object might look like and to provide a nice image to use on Thingiverse.

Render sm.jpg

The next step was to upload the design to Thingiverse and share it with the world. Also since I don't own a 3D printer I could not print it out, but not to worry.


A few days later, Lindsay on Thingiverse printed my design out.

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This illustrates the basic concept behind the MakerBot and Thingiverse.

External Links

MakerBot Industries Home of the MakerBot where you can check out the store, blog, wiki and forums.

Thingiverse A place to share digital designs that can be made into real, physical objects.

Cake Wrecks Mentioned by Randal Schwartz during the show after Bre mentioned the MakerBot Frostruder.

RepRap The project behind the MakerBot that aims to develop a self replicating rapid prototyper.

Interview with Randal Schwartz on Linux Outlaws

Interview with Randal Schwartz on VoIP Users Conference

Questions from the audience


Production Information

  • Edited by: Tony
  • Notes: Tony forgot to upload the file so the show was delayed by one day.
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