New team member Geoff has built his own 3D printer, and successfully printed replacement parts for our quadcopter and a friend’s sailing boat.
This is a very interesting area to the team, and will be a huge help to build custom parts such as a reliable bottle drop mechanism.
More information on 3D printing can be found on Geoff’s website, 3xtrusions.wordpress.com.

Geoff with 3D Printer
Geoff with 3D Printer
The desired part is first measured and drafted up...
The desired part is first measured and drafted up…
A computer drawing of the part is created which is fed into the 3D printer...
A computer drawing of the part is created which is fed into the 3D printer…
The 3D printer deposits layer upon layer of molten plastic and builds the part
The 3D printer deposits layer upon layer of molten plastic and builds the part
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