There are ever-increasing piles of 3D prints being amassed upon the earth–single-color, multicolor and a healthy amount of plastic squiggles that didn’t quite make it through the process. It’s sometimes (always) nice to know how people are going about building and creating the contraptions that lead to hours of tinkering and even more hours of creating a form layer-by-layer. While there are some companies who prefer not to show their technology or prints results *ahem*, there are others who do and want to share it with us geeky, like-minded individuals. Richard Horne, aka RichRap, goes into deep, delightful detail about his 3D printing adventures, showing you what has worked, what hasn’t worked so well with a hefty dose of 3D printer development along the way. This is his story…
Adventures in DIY 3D printing
When you ask someone what their adventure of choice may be, you’ll likely get a response like skiing, backpacking or a clever person quoting Yoda, “Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things.” Either way, most wouldn’t put ‘making 3D printers from scratch’ on that list. Rich does and he’s dang passionate about it. Since 2010 he has documented his activities on his blog. Best of all, he provides videos where he talks about the process. (He also has a Youtube channel where you can catch all of the videos.) I asked him what sparked his interest in 3D printing and what led to the multi-color printing.
Bring on the multicolor
I admit, I’m a bit jealous of Rich’s exploration into materials, especially his detailed post on tie-dyed nylon printing. I liken the color combination to my grandma’s basket of knitting yarn and the results to a comfy, woolen sock cap. (The fashion industry is going to EAT THIS UP.) Here he talks about 3D printing with Nylon, explaining the material, best practice and how he went about dying it.
More Extruders, more colors
In another excellent post, Rich experiments with printing multiple colors of with a 3-way extruder assembly and a hot-end he made himself with a Pillar drill, a hack saw and other hand-tools (someone get this man a new lathe!). The results are lovely and definitely adds another visually pleasing dimension to the standard monchromatic models that are the norm. Here is Rich’s breakdown on the process and a few of the prints made with, in order, one extruder running, two extruders running, three extruders running and a detail shot of the three-color build-up.