Who Am I?
My MIT Maker Portfolio Should Give You a Good Idea
I am Grayson. I am a attending California State University Long Beach and studying Mechanical Engineering. I am and Eagle Scout in the boy Scouts of America. Have indecently built 4 different 3D printers, one of which I designed from the ground up. I have also collaborated with others to built 4 more 3D printers, one of which was my Eagle project, and that 3D printer was donated to my local middle school. I am passionate about science, technology, design, engineering, and 3D printing. If you would like to work with me on any projects or anything else, do not hesitate to contact me through the contact form.
A History of My Involvement with 3D Printing
I initially got into 3D printing buy purchasing a Printrbot Jr (picture bellow) kit, and through a combination of my inexperience in 3d printing and the plywood design of the printer, I was never really able to get quality prints out of it. I ended up selling it on Ebay because of this and started saving up for a higher quality printer. Also, the CEO of Printrbot, Brook Drum is a really active and great member of the 3d printing community. Link to Printrbot: http://printrbot.com/
After saving up as much money as I could, I decided to purchase a Makerbot Replicator 2, but a few weeks before I had obtained sufficient funding, Makerbot released 3 new printers that boasted better specs and a few new features. At the time I thought that the newer model was the way to go, so I purchased on through Microsoft instead of Makerbot directly because of the lead time. The Makerbot looked amazing, and produced quality prints, but the "smart extruder" jammed up after a few prints. Looking at my purchase critically, I decided to return the machine. (which turned out to be a really good thing) Link to Makerbot: http://www.makerbot.com/
At this point, I still had all my funds from the Makerbot left over, and once again I found myself in the market for a 3D printer. Instead of spending it all on a 3d printer, I chose to buy a Filastruder, which is a filament extrusion machine. It makes the cost of filament cheaper ($8 per kg vs $30 per kg), and allows you to recycle and experiment with various different thermoplastics. In addition I bought a used Solidoodle 2 pro, and an industrial polymer granulator. The Solidoodle was a lot of fun to used and print with; I probably got a good 400 hours of print time before I sold it. The industrial granulator allows me to recycle plastic from failed prints and make filament out of it again. Link to Solidoodle: http://www.solidoodle.com/ Link to Filastruder: http://www.filastruder.com/ The first picture is of my Solidoodle just before I shipped it out, and the second picture is of my Filastruder + Filawinder setup.
Moving forward to now, I currently own two Filastruders, an Ultimaker 2, and a Delta style 3D printer. I use the two Filastruders to make filament for my 3D printers in both 1.75mm and 2.85mm sizes. I usually use one Filastruder for ABS only extrusion, and the other for nylon, polycarbonate, TPU, TPE, etc, basically any polymer that is not ABS. The Ultimaker 2 is used for personal projects, but it has been increasingly used in conjunction with 3D Hubs on the side so I can fuel my projects financially. My Idea around the Deltabot was to have a printer that I could easily modify and expand; the mechanical process of how the Deltabot works is also very interesting. Each of the following pictures and buttons in their respective order will bring you through my exploration of additive manufacturing.
UPDATE: It has been awhile since I have update this, but I just wanted to keep up to date. Currently I have 2 more 3D printers than before, one is a DaVinci Jr Printer that I got for doing a review and the other is a Form 1+. I currently have plans to sell the Form 1+ because the resin is very expensive and it just doesn't make sense to have it anymore. However, It was definitely worth my time to explore SLA technology. Also since the last time I have updated, I have upgraded my Ultimaker 2 with an E3D upgrade kit, and I have completed my Eagle project, which was leading a team of people to build a 3D printer for my local middle school