Scientists Build a Low-Cost, Open-Source 3D Metal Printer

A new low-cost 3D printer developed by Michigan Technological University’s Joshua Pearce and his team promises to help at-home inventors and garage mechanics to build their own parts. The detailed plans, software and firmware are all freely available and open-source, meaning anyone can use them to make their own metal 3D printer.  Less expensive than off-the-shelf commercial plastic 3D printers, the printer uses under $1,500 worth of materials, including a small commercial MIG welder and an open-source microcontroller.  Pearce is the first to admit that his new printer is a work in progress.  But open source should rapidly move the continued development.

Read more by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Tech News, December 19, 2013.