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Makers Mill


Entry ID #: 7201
Created: Thu, Jan 9, 2020 8:18 PM

Makers Mill Introduction Over the past decade, 3D printing has gone from being an exclusive system – limited by patents, prices, and steep learning curves – to being a tool for making and learning – accessible to students, hobbyist, and professional – and quickly advancing due to support from open-source designs, huge online communities, and access to powerful computer aided design (CAD) software such as Autodesk® Inventor™, Autodesk® Fusion 360™, and Tinkercad™. Nevertheless, 3D printing, specifically fused deposition modeling (FDM) printing, has some drawbacks that this project hopes to address. The Makers Mill is a multipiece design that allows makers to trace 3D printed designs, carving them into other materials, including plastics, wood, rubber, foam, and even soft metals. Check report for details... For more details, check out the full report along with the attached CAD files. It should be noted that the overall design is still a work in progress and the counterweight pulley system has not yet been configured in the CAD assembly. If there's enough interest after the competition is over, I may also release later updates or more in-depth documentation of the design and build process. I think there's lots of interesting potential for the design and I'm excited to see the extent that the VRC or maker community could take it. Thank you for taking the time to read into my project and huge thanks to VEX Robotics and Autodesk® for sponsoring this design challenge.

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This short clip demonstrates how the cutting bit follows the motion of the follower/tracing bit. See full report for more details.


   boydsfoulk on 01/14/2020

Love the design on this! Great thought process, I can appreciate the hard work and time put into this! Excellent Job!