Partwork publications, which consist of a larger story, guide or project that is broken into digestible magazine-like installments, have been among the best ways to deliver epic stories and more complicated projects for centuries now.
Similar to how a boxed set for a television show is initially broken up into weekly episodes, partwork publications can be extremely beneficial for those with just a few moments to spare at a time rather than feeling the need to commit to an entire day (or longer) to learn or understand the concept or storyline.
Perhaps it’s not surprising then, that a company based out of the UK is offering a partwork platform for building your own 3D printer over a 90-week period…with the larger assembly being broken up into weekly builds with instructions.
Published by Eaglemoss Collections, the 3D printer build project will culminate in a working 3D printer that is just as capable as any other mainstream desktop FDM printer on the market…for £700 (approx. $1100). The finished printer will be able to print PLA and ABS filaments with a build size of 140mm x 140mm x 135mm and a layer thickness of 0.20 mm.
While the printer itself is particularly standard compared to other sub-$1000 desktop printers on the market, the unique approach towards breaking down the build into 90 installments allows for a lower cost of entry for those casual users who still might not be willing to fork over the upfront costs that have delayed mainstream adoption of 3D printing. Additionally, the weekly build update will also include an accompanying magazine component including 3D printing software tutorials, case studies and other digestible bits of 3D content creation information to help spur innovation and creativity.
“(We are) offering people the opportunity to purchase and build their own printer at small weekly costs, while the accompanying magazine is aimed at engaging readers and giving them the chance to learn more about the science behind the product.”
The weekly publication and build will be priced at £6.99 and will go on sale starting December 26th, 2014 at kiosks, supermarkets, bookstores and via subscription. You can find out more here.