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Mixing 3D printers through extraction mechanism

recently, researchers at Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany created grafter, a software system for "mixing" 3D printing machines. The tool allows users to combine mechanisms of multiple 3D printing projects while maintaining the functionality of each mechanism

3d printing community is a shared place. Through 3D model platforms such as thingiverse and pinshape, creators can share their CAD creations, which can then be downloaded, modified and 3D printed by other users. This is a great system and has produced some spectacular collaborative 3D printing

but the modified elements, often referred to as "mixing", are not without problems - especially for 3D printing models with functional or mechanical aspects. If users want to switch the mechanical system from one 3D printing model to another, they must extract some parts made by one designer and use them with parts made by another designer

sometimes, this method works well, but users often face compatibility problems: their 3D printed Frankenstein monsters do not always gather in the way they want

this remixing problem, especially the process of combing different mechanisms, has aroused the interest of a group of researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute, who should first choose the appropriate viscosity personnel. The research team (Thijs roumen, Willi Mueller and Patrick baudish) saw that users were desperately piecing together parts from multiple models, so they created a software system called grafter, which simplified the remixing process of 3D printing projects

grafter finally rethinks the way of hybrid 3D printing system to automatically store all experimental data and curve method. Instead of obtaining a single component from multiple models, the software identifies complete mechanisms (consisting of multiple components) and treats these mechanisms as unified entities. Therefore, without the user transferring, such as a single gear from type A to type B, it will semi automatically identify the whole mechanism (such as gear or pulley system) and guide the user to transfer the whole system to a new model

in this way, grafter allows users to easily combine multiple 3D printers into a complex system without sacrificing the functions of individual mechanisms. This accelerates the process of mechanical remixing, while ensuring the compatibility between mechanical systems that multiple machines have played a positive role in promoting human social progress and the environment

in a study presented at the upcoming 2018 meeting in Montreal, Canada, researchers asked a group of non institutional personnel to use grafter to reassemble a set of machines, create a new machine, and use the mechanism of each original machine. Although some participants seek breakthroughs in software, many participants have successfully used it to create 3D printing machines composed of multiple extraction mechanisms

this sounds exciting, but users may need to wait a while to try it by themselves. The software developed by roumen, Mueller and baudish was used as a rhino plug-in to realize the research prototype, but roumen told them that they had no immediate plan to commercialize grafter. In other words, this tool may not be available until researchers publish their research results on Chi

however, releasing software itself is not the focus of research. On the contrary, as roumen explained to him, grafter tried to show that China's production capacity of high-end materials did not lag behind the new framework of 3D printing component remixing: a framework that focuses on mechanisms rather than individual components. In this sense, this research can inspire future 3D modelers and software developers to change their views on mixing

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