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February 28th, 2013

When asked for a clip of my large 3D print timelaspe to be included in a new video by Code.org, I had to oblige. Code.org is a non-profit foundation aimed at making computer programming interesting to young students, and committed to providing the opportunity for learning to code available at every school.

The short film (longer version here) breaks down the myths surrounding computer programming and shows that coding is an exciting, challenging and fun thing to do. The film also demonstrates that coders work at some of today’s most innovative companies and have a real impact on the world around them. The short features Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and other tech and media celebrities to motivate students (and their parents) to learn to code. The film is directed by Lesley Chilcott, producer for An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman. The film was launched this week with a large mainstream media publicity campaign, as well as being distributed to thousands of teachers to play in classrooms across the country. Video below; clip is around 2:17.

More information at Code.org

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Fab@Home Model 2.0

Fab@Home Model 2.0

I have been receiving an unusually large amount emails lately from people asking where they can download the Fab@Home Model 2.0 plans and bill of materials (sometimes referred to as the “blueprints” for the machine). For some reason, they cannot be downloaded from the main Fab@Home website anymore. So, I have now put all of the source files up on this site (plans, bill of materials, CAD files and Laser Cutter layouts). Check out the Fab@Home Plans and Bill of Materials page.

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September 23rd, 2012

I have almost lost count of how many times I have had to move my printer since I built it. To get it out of certain spaces and for clearance in my car, I need to remove the Z axis beam with the stage still connected. It takes two people to move the main portion of the machine and does require some angling to get out of rooms/hallways as the build base is solid 2 x 4 foot [.6 x 1.2 m] aluminum plate. I typically tape all wiring and electronics down with painters tape so nothing catches or moves around during transport. Reinstalling the Z axis beam is easy, as it is only a handful of screws and I made little spacer blocks so I know exactly how far back on the 80/20 extrusion to secure it. Being that this machine is so rigid, nothing has come out of alignment during transportation.

Ready for the back of my car

Ready for the back of my car

Packed up again

Packed up again

It fits perfectly into a ProJet 3000 shipping crate!

It fits perfectly into a ProJet 3000 shipping crate!

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