Michigan Tech scientists build a $1,500 metal 3D printer and makes it open-source

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Michigan Technological University announced earlier this week that they have built a metal 3D printer. The design for the metal 3D printer will be released as an open-source project and can be built from parts that costs less than $1,500. The printer is created by laying down layers of steel that are sealed together with a welder that is integrated into the printer. By making it open source, the team at M-Tech believes that development will speed up for the 3D printer.

“Similar to the incredible churn in innovation witnessed with open-sourcing of the first RepRap plastic 3D printers, I anticipate rapid progress when the maker community gets their hands on it,” stated Michigan Technological University associate professor of materials science and engineering/electrical and computer engineering Joshua Pearce. “Within a month, somebody will make one that’s better than ours, I guarantee it.”

The printer is best used in a garage because sparks tend to fly with the 3D printer. “Small and medium-sized enterprises would be able to build parts and equipment quickly and easily using downloadable, free and open-source designs, which could revolutionize the economy for the benefit of the many,” added Pearce.

[Source: M-Tech PR]

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