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Map of Locations of Fab@Home Users

Follow the link below to view a map of the locations of Fab@Home users around the world.

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Add Your Location

You can add your location to the map in the following way:

  1. Go to http://maps.google.com and click "Sign In" in the upper right hand corner
  2. Sign in as users AT fabathome DOT org, using Fab@Home as the verification
  3. After logging in, click the "My Maps" tab at the left
  4. Select the "Fab@Home Users" map from the list at left, then hit the "Edit" button
  5. Search for or navigate to your location, and place a "placemark" marker (blue bubble) using the tool in the upper left corner of the map itself
  6. Save your changes, and logout

Afeka ACE, Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL

AFEKA (Israel)

Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering

www.afeka.ac.il


Hillel Stoler

Mechanical and Systems Engineering

www.hillelstoler.com


Project Team:


David Avishay - Project Advisor

Dr. Moshe Tshuva - Head, Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Prof. Moti Sokolov - Chairman, President


AFEKA ACE Model1 Photo Gallary


Customization Gallary

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Politecnico di Bari, ITALY

This fabber has been built at "Laboratorio di Prototipazione Rapida e Reverse Engineering" of DiMEG Politecnico di Bari for a final year Mechanical Engineering project.

We have purchased the kit from "Koba Industries" and we started building at the end of January 08.


During building and commissioning we have met and solved some mishaps:

- Missing screws: Kenji Kondo of Koba Ind. has immediately sent missing screws after our email;

- Difficulties during inserting ball bearing in X motor shaft: solved reducing shaft diameter by abrasive paper;

- Excessive clearance around linear ball bearings that permits undesired movements around X and Y directions: solved by inserting Teflon (R) rings to sides of aluminium pillow blocks (see photo).

We have adjusted XY carriage and Z table by using a dial test indicator (+/-0.01 mm) achieving good values in terms of parallelism.

After, we have realized a rear cover to protect electronics and belt (see photo).


Now the fabber is working and we are testing its performance using clear silicone, but we are trying to resolve some problems of repeatability to increase quality.

We are going to try other materials like epoxy.


We will add photos and developments later.


Contacts:

Final year Master Thesis: Nicola INTINI - nicola.intini@virgilio.it

Supervisor: Prof. Ing. Luigi M. GALANTUCCI - galantucci@poliba.it


Here some photos


Newcastle University, UK

We are a team of six final year mechanical engineering students at the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering of Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Our major project is based on the Fab@Home machine. It started on Thursday, 27. September 2007 and will be finished on Friday, 25. April 2008.

We started building the fabber on Tuesday, 19/02/08 and finished assembly on Tuesday, 26/02/2008. We finished the material as well as strength tests on Monday, 07/04/2008. We compared clear silicone with filler added mixtures, containing glass granules (mixing ratio 2:1, silicone to glass) and mica powder (4:1), respectively. We also investigated potential industial uses which base on mass customised artefacts.

A copy of our Team Report is available here: The Fab@Home machine at Newcastle University (pdf)

For more information about us and our project, see User:NCLfabber

Here are some photos showing our fabber

Technical University Rijswijk, the Netherlands

The machine has been working properly for a while now. We've been printing with silicone (the same you use in the bathroom) and Play-doh. So far the only structural change that has been made is an extra box around the electronics. We also made some small tools to that make changing the syringe easier.

The next step will be to design and fabricate a new printhead using FDM technologie. The Reprap extruder and the extruder design from Addelaide will be the base for this project.

Also we're doing some measurements on the precision of the machine and it's quite impressive for a machine made out of PMMA. For this purpose a clamp was made to attach a dial gauge to the Y-carriage. The gauge can be pointed in X-, Y- and Z-direction. In general the tolerances for the movements are within 0,05 mm.

Contact:
Léon Koeleman, 0031703401595, l.j.m.koeleman AT hhs DOT nl
Bouke Werner, b.c.werner AT student.hhs DOT nl


Photo's

BeatCraft,Inc, Tokyo, Japan

BeatCraft,Inc. built Model 1 on July 2007. Currently we are trying to enhance it in two ways. 1. Trying to squeeze materials by using air compressor instead of motor. 2. Trying to control motors by our own control application.

Photo

Video


Rapid Manufacturing Research Group, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Commissioning Date: February 2008

This fabber is being built at the Rapid Manufacturing Research Group at Loughborough University.

My final year Mechanical Engineering project is to purchase the Fab@Home kit, build the fabber and then make an electrical component from it. At the moment I am thinking about making a moving part, possibly a motor. I think this will require dropping in magnets and a spindle during the process. However, first consideration is getting the fabber built!

I will be adding pictures of progress below.

Results of this project have been added to the Gallery of ideas

Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer (CTI), Campinas, Brasil

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Commisioned: August 13, 2007. Updated: August 2, 2009.

Since May of 2007 we started to build Fab@Home machine model 1 with 2 syringes at Renato Archer Research Center, located at Campinas, Brazil. In this research center, we are working with Rapid Prototyping using 3 rapid prototyping technologies: SLS, FDM and 3DP. Due to this kind of application, the implementation of a "home made" rapid prototype machine was of great interest for us. The construction of this machine is the end course work of an undergraduation student and has demanded some adaptations in order to make possible to finish it's contruction with the material available. In first instance, one of the main interests for implementing this machine is the study and development of new materials for rapid prototyping.

School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia

Commissioned: August 21, 2007

Using the Fab@Home project as a foundation for advancement, two final year undergraduate engineering students successfully constructed a solid freeform fabrication desktop machine for use with thermoplastics. A working model was completed, depositing thermoplastic material from a heated cylinder using a screw extruder with precision, fabricating accurate solid objects. The final report, which outlines the complete project from conception to successful operation, can be downloaded from the link below. The complete heated deposition tool CAD drawing files will be uploaded in the very near future.

Report

Rapid Prototype Manufacturing System - Timothy Nixon & Adrian Tan 2007.pdf

CAD Files

Part-Assembly-Drawing Files.rar

Video

Nike tick.wmv - Video of machine after modifications completed

Fabrication_Portrait.MOV, (4MB, Quicktime .MOV); Portrait movie of initial fabrication


Science Museum London

Commissioned: May 1, 2007 The Science Museum London is currently showing an exhibit entitled "Plasticity - 100 years of making plastics" on the history of plastics, as 2007 is the 100th anniversary of the invention of phenolic. The Fab@Home project has been honored to have a Model 1 be included in the exhibit as an example of the current and potential future uses of plastics.

FABLab Norway

Commisioned: May 25, 2007 The MIT FABLab in Lyngen, Norway recently held a workshop on constructing 3D printers - they were marvelously generous to bring Evan Malone all the way above the arctic circle to their beautiful location to present the workshop. A number of people contributed to the construction of the lovely dark green Model 1 seen here. More photos and information about the FABLab can be found on the FABLab Norway website.

HyperFun Fab with Turlif and Cherie

Commisioned: April 9, 2007. The HyperFun Fab@World Traveling Machine. Built as part of a test bed for direct fabrication from Function Representation based models. As this is to be a traveling Fabber, Turlif and Cherie gathered all the components, and flew to Ithica to produce this Fabber over the weekend - building it in the very same lab it was originally created in. Evan and the crew in the lab were incredibly generous with their time, and proved they also have quite the skill for packing up an airline safe, double boxed container in record time - as this fabber was finished with just minutes to spare before catching its first of many flights.

MuRa: Michael Verius & Ralf Huttary, Innsbruck, Austria

Margarita Benitez, Chicago,IL USA

MFA in Art + Technology Studies candidate at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Interested in experimenting with materials.

Brent T. Dukes, New Bedford, MA, USA

This fabber is currently under construction. I keep a blog of my progress here. I would eventually like to use the fabber to create "decent looking" plastic chassis for other electronics projects, but I am interested in everyone else's ideas as well.

University of Washington

Leibler Laboratory of Living Matter, Rockefeller University, NY, USA

In July of 2006, the biology laboratory of Dr. Stanislaus Leibler at Rockefeller University became the first true end user of Fab@Home (thank you!). They have begun using a prototype Fab@Home (Model 0 with a 2-syringe tool) provided by the Cornell Computational Synthesis Lab to facilitate some unique scientific experiments. At the Leibler laboratory, research is underway which involves the slime mold organism Dictostylium Discoideum, which transitions from single-cell independent life to colony organism with coordinated motion in response to scarcity of nutrition. The Fab@Home offers a uniquely simple and customizable platform for executing experiments on the effect of initial spatial distribution of Dictostylium cells in the environment and the spatiotemporal evolution of their colony aggregation response to starvation stress. A dual syringe tool was designed and included with this unit to facilitate the spatial control of both organisms and nutrients in experimental geometries.

Computational Synthesis Lab, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

The birthplace of Fab@Home is the lovely Upson Hall location of the Computational Synthesis Laboratory at Cornell University. This is where all of the development of the entire project has taken place, thus far. We have the luxury of an Epilog Helix 35W laser cutter, so prototyping the acrylic parts was far less painful than it could have been.

The Fab@Home project has expanded and recruited undergraduate students for the first time in 2009, and Model 2 development is currently underway. Our current inventory of fabbers obviously fluctuates a lot, but here are some examples

CSIR FabLab and Soshanguve FabLab, Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa

In late June, 2006, the Cornell Computational Synthesis Laboratory was invited to premiere the Fab@Home project at the Digital Fabrication Symposium, hosted by the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy, and organized by the Center for Bits and Atoms of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The very first operational Fab@Home machine was packed up and transported as checked-baggage to South Africa, where it was demonstrated for officials of the South African science and technology ministries. The MIT Center for Bits and Atoms has developed what are called FabLabs - low cost computer aided design and manufacturing labs open to the public- which are intended to vastly reduce the investment required for individuals to become inventors of technology, rather than merely consumers. The South African government has embraced the FabLab concept as a means of stimulating the technological development, and has opened a number of labs around the country. Fab@Home was demonstrated to the users and managers of the Soshanguve Township FabLab, and donated to the AMTS FabLab. The AMTS has committed funding to expanding the basic Fab@Home design into a family of low-cost Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) equipment which can be largely made with the resources of a FabLab.


Sherbrooke Community School - Brian Lennon - Melbourne, Australia

Commissioned: Jan 24, 2008 Early days yet - but will be building two Fab@Home kits for school and community use at Sherbrooke Community School Sassafras near Melbourne, Australia. The machines are the result of a Community Development Grant from the Shire of Yarra Ranges. Will update this entry as pics, etc., are available.

Sherbrooke (http://www.sherbrooke.vic.edu.au/) is in the Dandenongs, just outside Melbourne. Brian can be contacted at lennon.brian.b@edumail.vic.gov.au

DoX Systems, Toledo, OH

Commissioned: April 7, 2008

This is our (software) company's equivalent of a fooseball table. I.e., we built it for fun in our spare time or when we needed a break. So far, we're having reliability problems, but we'll get it worked out.


Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy

Commissioned: February 10, 2008

This machine was built in the SMIPP (Tools and Methods for Innovation of the Product and Process) laboratory of Prato, manufacturers are two masters degree students in Mechanical Engineering, Alberto Benigni and Giuliano Della Rovere.

We started building the machine around 15/02/08 and finished assembly on 26/05/2008. The purpose was to observe the manufacturing process of prototyping machines to understand its operation and the problems of deposition of the material. Initially we had some problems about electronic software, but after contacting Evan we resolved everything. Now we are testing the machine with the use of silicones of different consistency and other materials. We think we have found a material quite satisfactory, we still have some problems regarding the operation of the machine: when the silicone supply finishes the machine stops it’s work and when it is refilled it does not start from the point where it stopped.

As soon as possible we will add photos and videos showing our machine.

Contacts:

Students:

Benigni Alberto – albertox84@email.it

Della Rovere Giuliano - giuliano.dellarovere@hotmail.it


Supervisors:

Prof. Monica Carfagni – monica.carfagni@unifi.it

Ing. Lapo Governi – lapo.governi@unifi.it


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