Culture Day visitors September 28 had an opportunity to learn more about 3D printers as Wyatt Shields, 23, of Temiskaming Shores, (pictured here at the Foto Shop in New Liskeard) explained how his 3D printer works using six motors and a pulley system. Numerous filaments and a variety of plastic-type materials are deposited from the head which has been heated to 200 degrees, he explained, and the software creates commands for the printer to produce objects. He can even produce some pieces to improve the machine’s functions. Shields studied instrumentation technology, enabling him to assemble and enhance the machine himself, but the basic printer cost $400. A fully assembled 3D printer would cost $2,000 to $3,000, he said. “They’ve been used in industry for a long time,” he commented. (Staff photo by Darlene Wroe)


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3D WORLD was last modified: October 3rd, 2018 by Editorial Staff