Open Source 3D CAD/CAM Fabrication

A while back I ran across a prototype homemade CAM machine.... Here's an updated version:

The CandyFab 6000 (beta)Image courtesy http://www.candyfab.org/

The brainchild of "Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories", the CandyFab 6000 is a desktop-size modeller with a build volume of more than 10 liters. It prints in, you guessed it, sugar. Heat is used as a binder. The Wiki site, http://wiki.candyfab.org/, states the following purpose "The CandyFab Project aims to reduce the costs associated with three-dimensional solid freeform fabrication, and to promote the use of fabrication technologies for culinary, educational, and artistic purposes. "

For those of you who are unaware of the cost of RP equipment and material: This is, by comparison, ridiculously inexpensive and innovative in it's goal to provide a venue of open source knowledge & production methods.

Image courtesy http://www.candyfab.org/

In addition to printing in sugar, the printer has been found capable of printing durable thermoplastic objects (initial trials with large pellets) that are both waterproof and dishwasher safe. It's possible to print in polypropylene as well. Downfall to both: smell.

Image courtesy http://www.candyfab.org

So what's the big deal?
Lets face it: While it is "just sugar", the resolution is not great, and the output is pretty crude... all of this is to be expected of such a new & independent (beta) solution. Personally, I'm just glad to see someone tackling the accessibility & affordability problems that exist in the world of RP.

I applaud Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories & can't wait to see the future of this endeavor, as well as other printers that are sure to follow!

I wonder what the food industry will make of this?

Sweet idea. :)

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