3D Modeling & Printing

Rapid prototyping with CAM

 
 

My time as Sojourn Fare demanded that I learn to model in CAD and fabricate utilizing 3D printers. Over the past 4 years, I’ve honed my ability to model in Fusion 360 and utilized multiple brands and levels of 3D printers to materialize the invisible.

 
 
 

Modeling with CAD

When I got my first 3D printer, I had no clue how to model in any CAD programs. I could see the parts I wanted in my head, but had no way to get from here to there. With my only option being to download files from Thingiverse, the printer quickly became a novelty. A year later, I taught myself how to use Fusion 360 and a whole new world opened up to me. As I built more and more iterations of the mushroom units, more and more parts were modeled and printed. The last unit, had over 30 modeled and fabricated parts.

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Parts Fabrication

Fabrication on a 3D printer can fall anywhere on the spectrum of frustrating to magical. So much of the success of computer assisted manufacturing (CAM) is determined by how the model is sliced, custom settings and the machine you choose to use. I used machines from the entry-level, build it yourself models to high-end professional printers that required a trained and certified operator. These days, I use the Lulzbot Taz 6, which is an incredible machine with consistent results.

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Putting It All Together

Once the modeling and printing skillsets were acquired, I could put it to good use in the real world, for work or play!

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