Remember the Kickstarter for the 3Doodler? Well they have just started shipping, and a hackerspace called Open Garage in Belgium just got theirs! Like any good hackerspace after playing with it they took it apart and posted pictures.
This is great because in our original coverage on the 3Doodler, we wondered what it looked on the inside, and whether it could be adapted to use with a CNC machine to make a giant 3D printer. Garage Lab delivered on both.
Stick around after the break to see the innards, and the first test print using a CNC mill!
Nothing too surprising on the inside, but as [Anthony] notes on their blog, it comes with 3 external contacts that are not yet documented. Upon further investigation, one is a ground, and the other two control the fast and slow settings of the extrusion — but with a 3 second delay.
Satisfied with the tear down, they did the next most logical thing — they zip-tied it to their resident CNC mill and attempted 3D printing! They only made it one layer so far, but it’s a good start.
The funny thing is, we’re in Germany right now and will be travelling to Belgium tomorrow, but unfortunately we won’t have time to check out the Garage Lab in person. For those of you wondering what we’re talking about, Hack a Day is midway through a tour of western Europe, visiting and profiling hackerspaces! Read all about it here.