May 15, 2012

"Welcome to the DreamVendor!"
- Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM

(photo: Virginia Tech)

This is an 3D printing vending machine in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. Students can use it to 3D-print prototypes for their projects. It works like any vending machines in the streets:

you simply insert an SD card that contains 3D printer code (generated from your CAD model) into the machine(Makerbot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer); the DreamVendor then prints your 3D part and dispenses it into a bin when it's finished.

This is a brilliant idea to provide students such an access to 3D printing technology. Besides that, the college has prepared very detailed instructions, tips and downloadable software to enable students to quickly learn how to use it.



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