November 18, 2012

The DreamVendor: A 3D printer in a vending machine

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Students at Virginia Tech have created a 3D printer in a vending machine. You supply the files on a SD card, the part comes out in a bin.

In their own words:

quotemarksright.jpgThe DreamVendor is an interactive 3D printing station for Virginia Tech students to enable them to quickly fabricate prototypes for their academic, and even personal, design projects.

Think of it as a vending machine with an infinite inventory - you simply insert an SD card that contains 3D printer code (generated from your CAD model) into the machine; the DreamVendor then prints your 3D part and dispenses it into a bin when it's finished.

In addition, the DreamVendor houses physical examples of the latest research by the members of the DREAMS Lab.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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