Metrix Create:Space has been at the forefront of the DIY 3DPrinter movement, and has the capability to print in plastics, plasters, ceramics and more.
Designs for our 3D Printing service must be manifold STL. Contact us or come in for further details.
Metrix Create:Space, your gateway to the 3D Printing Revolution
In 2009, over the fourth of July weekend, in a workshop at Washington's first Toorcamp, we built our first 3D Printer in a Titan 1 Missle Silo with Makerbot Industries founders Bre Pettis, Zach Hoeken and Adam Mayer. Shiloh from the Silo, Makerbot #89 was to be the 2nd robot at Metrix Create:Space.
In the early days of Replicating Rapid Prototypers (RepRaps), Printers required bootstrapping by printing a full set of parts. We used our Mendel to create part sets to send across the world and for friends of the shop.
The 9th Mendel bore many Mendels, those begat more, and the Movement moved along as movements do.
Regardless of all these printers being born, parts were still expensive, and this slowed progress, so we teamed up with the University of Washington Solheim Lab's Open3DP Group and introduced Clonedel to the world.
The Clonedel was a cast parts set, made of polyurethane resin. Its unique surface texture was made by another 3D Printing Process that we had recently introduced into the shop.
3D Powder Printing, a commercial method, gave better resolutions, but a rough feeling surface and parts that had less durability. This was our introduction to 3D Printing as a process step rather than a end goal.
3D Powder Printing, not as popular in the DIY community as the Extrusion Printers requires additional treatment to become a finished object. However, with its additional resolution, it gives a great preview of the dimension and fit of a 3D model, which many of our customers were looking for.
Once printed parts costs dropped to sub $100 pricing, the brains of the robots became the next pinch point.
Matthew Wilson designed the Brainwave, an open source 4 axis value board designed for getting a bare bones 3D Printer up and running.
The orange board, designed and fabbed in the Pacific Northwest is assembled and tested completely at Metrix Create:Space in the Open Hardware Lab
Deltabot Printers, also known as Rostock, or Kossel printers are a Seattle invention. Johann Rocholl, a friend of Metrix Create:Space and frequent 3D Thursday attendee created the original software and hardware design of what is now the cutting edge of 3D Printing.
The first openbeam/rostock printer is shown here in a build by HB Siegel
The latest OpenBeam Mini Kossel Kits are currently being produced in plastic, with a parts compatible all-metal assembly due in early 2014.