Two weeks ago, the Columbus Idea Foundry bought a new 3D Printer to fill the void of the Projet 1500 we had on loan for most of the past year. After a bit of searching, we went with a locally made IC3D RepRap printer.
Michael Cao delivered the printer a couple of Saturdays ago and gave a few of us a quick tour of the machine and the recommended toolchain, Repetier-Host and Slic3r. He printed out a test cube, then demonstrated printing multiple simultaneous copies of shapes, and that revealed our only gotcha, with the room, really. In our classroom space, there’s an air vent in the ceiling that shoots out enough cold air to hit the wall behind the printer and force a down-draft that causes the back edge of the prints to cool and curl and detach from the bed. I think we’ll have to build a “hutch” to keep the breeze off the back of the printer. Other than that, which is a limitation of any filament printer, it works great!
I love the fact that it’s customized with our logo. Normally, the left bracket on an IC3D printer has their logo worked into the bar. For this printer, they worked our logo into the bar on the right bracket. I’m looking forward to putting together new classes and having access to a printer with twice the build volume of my Thing-O-Matic.