Six months ago, I back Fred Bartels Kickstarter project to develop a 21st Century Open-Source Building Toy. I have a ton of respect for Fred, and I was curious about his attempt to encourage people to “Let Go of Your Lego.” The parts combine to be a Tin Toy — TIN being an acronym for Triangulated Irregular Network Toy.
My package arrived this morning, and I realize that the building possibilities are endless…with enough pieces. Here are some helpful links:
At our April NYCIST meeting, we saw a demo of a Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer by Isaac Dietz (@dietz1) of Makerbot Industries. Makerbot (@Makerbot) is based in Brooklyn, NY. Brandi Kaseta is the assistant to Ellen Baru (Director of Technology at The Cathedral School); After Brandi attended Botacon (themed “Robots For A Better Future”), she knew that the rest of us at NYCIST would be pscyhed to see the printer in action. Thank you, Brandi!
The Think-O-Matic comes as a kit and takes about 16-18 hours to put together. Some soldering is required. I joked that they could create a Thing-O-Matic-O-Matic which would be a printer built just to build other printers. Isaac said that in fact that had already been accomplished. The printer uses ABS plastic, just like legos. You can use their software, Sketchup, or other 3D modeling software to create a design up to 4″x4″x6″. Also, there are close to 10,000 pre-made templates and objects you can download and create at http://Thingiverse.com.
The Thing-O-Matic kit sells for $1299 on the site, and there is an educational discount on top of that of about 13%. Plus, the purchase would be tax-exempt. Contact Makerbot at: Support@makerbot.com
Video of the printer in action is below: