From Fab @ Home
Fab@Home is a project dedicated to making and using fabbers - machines that can make almost anything, right on your desktop. This website provides everything you need to know in order to build or buy your own simple fabber, and to use it to print three dimensional objects. The hardware designs and software on this website are free and open-source. Once you have your own fabber, you can also download and print various items, try out new materials, or upload and share your own projects. Advanced users can modify and improve the fabber itself.
Fabbers (a.k.a. 3D printers or rapid prototyping machines) are a relatively new form of manufacturing that builds 3D objects by carefully depositing materials drop by drop, layer by layer. With the right set of materials and a geometric blueprint, you can fabricate complex objects that would normally take special resources, tools and skills if produced using conventional manufacturing techniques. A fabber can allow you to explore new designs, email physical objects to other fabber owners, and most importantly - set your ideas free. Just as MP3s, iPods and the Internet have freed musical talent, we hope that blueprints and fabbers will democratize innovation.
Most commercial 3D Printers today are limited to one material at a time, and their proprietary technologies limit experimentation. Moreover, their price range - tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars - is typically well beyond what an average home user can afford. Our goal with this open-source, multi-material printing is to explore the potential of universal fabrication: Machines that can use multiple materials to fabricate complete, active systems. Keep reading...
- To read more overview - Visit Project Overview
- To get Fab@home, and start building - Visit Getting Started
- Questions? - Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page
00:47, 4 December 2009 (UTC): NextFab Organization and the Brazilian government's Renato Archer Center for Digital Technologies are planning a conference on open-source and/or affordable digital manufacturing technologies - including Fab@Home, RepRap, hobby CNC, Blender, etc. - to be held in 2010. The goal is to bring together users, developers, and producers of these technologies to share ideas for new applications and technical advances, learn about the latest software and hardware systems, and discuss and develop future direction. To help improve the quality of the conference, please participate in our survey about conference logistics and content...
19:36, 12 November 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home is in the news again: in a Time Compression Magazine article by additive manufacturing industry consultant Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, and in 2007 Wall Street Journal Online video linked in a new Wall Street Journal article on the resurgence of tinkering
19:45, 7 October 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home contributor Joseph McGuire is developing a web-catalog of 3D models that users can download and build. Please check it out, and if you have any expertise 3d web services programming, consider contributing to Joseph's discussion about it on the Fab@Home Google Group.
19:47, 2 October 2009 (UTC): The Design of the Model 2 Beta release is complete. Check out the documentation on how to have your own.
14:32, 27 September 2009 (UTC): A new front for the Fab@Home website is under development. We hope it will attract new users and help organize content, discussion, and innovation. check it out!"
16 September 2009 (UTC): The McGill University Center for Intelligent Machines is partnering with the Fab@Home project to bring their ice printing capability to the platform. They are currently using a Fab@Home Model 1 as the positioning system for their novel ice deposition tool. McGill will be working with the Cornell University Student Project Team to revise the design to make it completely off-the-shelf and lower-cost. This new deposition tool is a fantastic addition to the Fab@Home printing system.
16:23, 2 September 2009 (UTC): All Fab@Home users and project contributors are invited to participate in a research survey on the nature of Fab@Home and other open source projects. The researcher is Kerstin Balka, research fellow in The OSI project at TUHH, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany.
20 August 2009 (UTC):The French Culinary Institute and Cornell students are working together to develop a materials platform for printing food on the Fab@Home. In early October, a Model 2 will be delivered to the New York City culinary school. Chefs David Arnold and Nils Noren will be applying their expertise to devise novel material formulations for printing a wide range of food items.
12:00, 7 August 2009 (UTC):A new blog called NextFabNews was released with the intent of release the status of the development of all improvements to fab@home machine.
6 August 2009: Fab@Home Model 2 BETA to be unveiled soon. Faster, Cheaper, better.
21:04, 14 June 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home has received a brief mention in a text book intended for secondary school, titled Engineering & Technology (ISBN-10: 141807389X ISBN-13: 9781418073893), published by Delmar / Cengage Learning. Fab@Home is presented as an example of the new technology of "microfactories". Photos and a description are included in Chapter 4: Materials and Materials Processing, p. 165.
20:20, 14 June 2009 (UTC): Personal Fabrication Technology has been named one of the 2009 Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Dr. Evan Malone of the Fab@Home Project, and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates were invited to speak on the topic.
15:38, 19 May 2009 (UTC): Fab@Home is being featured in The FAB Show, an exhibition of art and technology of additive manufacturing at the Klein Art Gallery of the University City Science Center, in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Newsweek has a brief mention of the exhibition as well.
12:00, 22 January 2009 (UTC): The Koba Industries Fabber store is now the NextFab Store and we are still having a Fabber Sale. All clear chassis kits are $2750.00US. For ordering and information please contact: Kenji Kondo
07:00, 18 September 2008 (MDT): Version 0.23a of Fab@Home has been released. This version include an important fix that affects all users that use FindSafe button. Now the limits switch for motors U and V are enabled by default. Please test it, and comment about its performance and bugs. Thank you for your help with testing! Contribution from The Renato Archer Center of Information Technology - CTI (Campinas, Brazil).
17:06, 29 August 2008 (UTC): The design and engineering of the next generation of Fab@Home systems has begun! If you are interested in contributing in any way to this effort, please see the notice on the discussion forum...
20:09, 21 August 2008 (UTC): Koba Industries Inc. has created the first wooden fabber! In addition to being the most beautiful fabber we've made, it's also the most customizable - easily modified with standard woodworking tools.
Movies and Photos
Here you can find some video and photos of the Fab@Home Model 1. Use the text links to download the videos, and click the photos to reach a photo download page. For more photos and video - see the Gallery of Ideas.
A printed flashlight!