TechShop Prototypes Part for ShopBot

Posted by Kimberly Reyes on Dec 11, 2013 5:52:20 AM

TechShop San Francisco is a space for makers and creators to thrive. When their ShopBot CNC Machine had a broken dust skirt, James intended to create a 3D printed part that could replace it.

IMG_2550 broken dust skirt

IMG_2537 replacement prototype

He was able to create a prototype of the dust skirt, which is the part of the machine that vacuums up dust. The 8"x8"x7" 3D printed part is a fully functional piece that took between 14 and 18 hours to print with our Series 1 3D printer. The finished product has screws and a metal plate affixed to the bottom.

IMG_2544 dust skirt in action

The previous model, which was also 3D printed using our Series 1, was working for 4 months before it got accidentally destroyed. However, 3D printing the dust skirt allows TechShop to recreate the part at an affordable price.

James with dust skirt prototype James with dust skirt prototype

According to James, the next prototype they print will be re-designed to have features like thicker walls, more infill, and chambers. Watch this video below to see the part in action! Type A Machines: 3D Printed Prototype by TechShop SF in Action from Type A Machines on Vimeo.

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