3 Dimensional printing is to get a new turn with the Maxifab 3D Printing Framework from Ryan Robinson. The Maxifab is not a mere 3D printer; it is a 3D printer framework that users can customize to build variously sized 3D printers to take printouts of different objects. Well, the framework can be used to create a big 3D printer to print a large object like a refrigerator and a small printer to print a shoebox, at the same time.
The creator of the Maxifab has presented the project on Kickstarter seeking support from well-wishers. With a target to collect $5,000, the Kickstarter project, which has already racked up $2,572 from 11 backers, is to change the current approaches toward 3D printing. Most 3D printers including the ones like Ultimaker and Thing-o-matic are pricier and have fixed-sizes, which limit designers from taking printouts of differently-sized objects, says Robinson.
According to the Kickstarter page of Maxifab, the 3D printer framework will help the end users to develop their own printers from different materials like carbon fiber, plywood and others. It is a great idea that users can modify the framework depending on the size of objects they have to print out. The Maxifab team has developed default 3D printer kits using materials like plexiglass and laser-cut wood for those, who may not be interested in designing a case.
Once the project is successful, apart from the offerings to the Kickstarter backers, the Maxifab team will avail its 3D printers on-demand for public at any Kinko’s or Staples. The team will also put the designs up on Thingiverse.com. Well, this will help engineering students and others to get printouts of their innovative designs. Want to know more of the project, get into the Maxifab’s blog here.