fine art

home & garden

jewelry

work in progress

videos

3-d printer
ahp tools
engineering kinetic sculpture
everlast tools
finish work & patinas
focus on art
how to create a sculpture
longevity tools
milling machine & metal lathe
public art
shop math: measuring & leveling
studio tour
tools for the studio
transporting & installing
weld.com videos
arc welding
bending & shaping
cutting & grinding
general welding
health & safety
mig welding
other techniques
oxygen-acetylene
specific projects
tig welding
tool how-to's

RECENT VIDEOS
  * Introducing the Everlast 221STi Multiprocess AC / DC Welder
  * Are Multiprocess Welders Prone to Failure?
  * How to Cut Metal Using a CNC Plasma Table
  * How to Work Alone: Moving Heavy Metal
  * An Easy Way to Mark Your Metal for a Perfect Cut


more ...



"Kevin ... understands that sculpture is about rhythm and movement.... He has an intellectual engagement, a sense of making the sculpture work ... using the principles of design that have been time-honored through art history."
--Michael Stack, Professor of Art, Pima Community College East Campus, Tucson, Arizona



Bookmark and Share



< Back
Next >


How to Use a 3-D Printer: A Tour of the Printer



Kevin sees myriad possibilities for using a 3-D printer, so he's jumped right into using the technology. In this how-to video, he gives a tour of his CodeX 3-D printer. First he shows the print tray, where the item will sit. He shows where you apply the glue that will hold your creation to the tray as it moves up and down and the printheads move back and forth to spray the media to make the item. Next he shows the three cartridges that hold the three colors of media this printer can print in. He shows where the media comes out of the cartridges and the tubes through which the ABS plastic is fed to the printheads. He explains that there are about 30 different colors available, including neon, as well as another type of plastic that is more biodegradeable and recyclable than the ABS. Kevin explains that the media is not liquid but solid, and looks like a heavy weedwacker "wire" or a really, really heavy fishing line. It's pliable, so you can feed it through the tube into the printheads, which melt it at about 500 degrees F and extrude it. Next he lets you look through the top of the printer. He shows the three printheads and the X and Y axes, then explains how the table, or print tray, actually raises to begin printing and then lowers as the item is printed. That's how the thickness of each layer is determined. When the printer starts, the printheads center over the tray, which rises up just below the printheads' injectors. It's time to put the top back on and get to it! Kevin then prepares the tray with the glue stick so the item being printed stays put as the tray and heads move. It's a tacky, hot-water-soluable glue, that allows you to remove the item once it's printed by simply soaking it in hot water and scraping it off the print tray. He spreads some glue on in two different directions to make sure the sculpture sticks - he learned that the hard way! Next Kevin pushes the power button, tells the printer to print, and selects the file on the thumb drive he wants to print. The software then looks at the file, determines which colors it needs and if it has enough media, then raises the table, centers the heads, warms things up and gets to work. The next video will show the printer at work.

Watch more videos now