: a machine that can do the work of a person and that works automatically or is
controlled by a computer
A 3D printer is a type of industrial robot that is programmed to manufacture objects that have been generated digitally with a computer. Complex forms created with a 3D modeling program that would typically be impossible or limited by conventional manufacturing methods can be created with this technology.
This technology is explored on this site by utilizing various open source 3D printer designs that operate by a process called fused filament fabrication (FFF). This is a process that builds an object layer by layer by extruding a bead of thermoplastic.
To date, six different designs make up the team:
RoboSculptor 3D Printer
Commissioned July 2015. More information can be found here: www.robosculptor.com
Modified WhiteAnt 3D printer
Commissioned September 2012. Build log can be found here: Whiteant.
Rostock Delta 3D printer
Commissioned February 2014. Build log can be found here: Rostock
Prusa Mendel 3D printer
Commissioned March 2012. Build log can be found here: Prusa
PrintrBot 3D printer
Commissioned August 2013. Build log can be found here: Prinrbot
RepRapPro Tricolor Mendel 3D printer
Commissioned February 2013. Build log can be found here: RepRapPro