In collaboration with the School of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University, we are working to design and build an ultra-portable 3D printer and explore alternative work practices to maximize its utility, while minimizing environmental impact.
The printer utilizes a biodegradable thermoplastic “PCL (Polycaprolactone)” that is much cheaper than traditional materials ABS or PLA.
The size and portability of the printer (size of a textbook) enables new work practices, bringing 3D Printing out of the workshop into the context of daily life. This research explores how portability and low cost of 3D Printing affects the creative process. Just as portable music players changed the way we experience, share, and discover music, we propose that an ultra-portable 3D Printer will spawn powerful social and distributed rapid prototyping practices.
This project also involves testing new models for the additive printing ecosystem including material handling, recycling of retired models, and reduction of energy usage.
Additional details are forthcoming upon publication