Mar.25, 2014

Applied Systems & Technology Transfer LLC introduced its Invent3D printer at the America Makes' project management review meeting last week.

The Invent3D printer is designed to allow teams of students to assemble, use and dissemble the printer for use by the next team of students. This immersive, hands-on experience reinforces students' understanding of additive manufacturing, teamwork and project-based learning.

Under the partnership, Youngstown City School District students from Choffin Career & Technical Center and Chaney VPA/STEM school will manufacture the INVENT3D printer components in an after-school jobs program, using precision CNC machine skills, 3D printers and laser-cutting equipment.

"We have developed the Invent3D printer to specifically address the lessons learned from more than three years' of experience using 3D printers in the classroom as an educational tool," said Jack Scott, president of AST2 who led the development of the Invent3D Printer.

The company said, 3D printer manufacuturer MakerGear in northeastern Ohio, provided technical support to AST2 with design of Invent3D.


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MGordon wrote at 3/27/2014 6:48:35 PM:

Travis, no need to accuse anyone of being with MB. jd90 might just be confused regarding the machine he was talking about, or his might have been build incorrectly. Many people, (myself included) have been using an M2 for months and years and understand there is no wobble. The machine does not move, and also does not have a "Hoop". I think that MG had helped with designing this educational version.

Travis wrote at 3/27/2014 1:01:51 AM:

jd90 did you just come up with that by just looking at it? Makerbot employee maybe? I've had an M2 for over a year now, it's running a job three inches to my left right now in fact; there is no wobble, whatsoever. The thing is such a freakin' tank they should have called it the M1 Abrams. There is some compliance from the rubber feet as the bed and extruder zips around but that has more to do with its somewhat high center of gravity than anything.

insta wrote at 3/26/2014 2:47:19 PM:

There is no wobble in the frame in either direction on the M2. It's 25 pounds of welded stainless steel with thick plates of aluminum bolted on. There's nothing to move.

Mike wrote at 3/25/2014 8:00:45 PM:

This is a MAKERGEAR M2 3D printer!! not Applied Systems & Technology (who are they anyway??)

jd90 wrote at 3/25/2014 4:36:38 PM:

The mechanism does look like a variation of M2. The M2 machine wobbles in the X direction when the X axis moves, because the hoop isn't very rigid in that direction. I can't tell if it repeats the same error, but the picture doesn't give me much hope. A 1/2" / 12mm flange on the hoop would do a lot. This project isn't on the AST2 web site, so there's no apparent way to learn more. It's a nice looking machine, though I wonder if the plastic thickness is a bit much. If it's thick because it is acrylic, maybe they could have picked a clear plastic that is less brittle.

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