Our Users

Type A Machines is built on community. We strive to provide our users with the best printing experience possible, and are only able to make this happen by engaging with our network of professionals and makers, and learning what they want and need in a 3D printer. We hope you like meeting our users as much as we do.

Andrew

Andrew is 14 years old and he got his first Series 1 3D printer in February 2013. He has been printing non-stop ever since!

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His interest in 3D printing started when first seeing 3D printing at Maker Faire a couple of years back, but really took off when his school purchased a 3D printer.

"The printer is useful for school projects, not just in design class but in any area where visualization and physical learning helps the class.

My classmates and I print objects we design like houses and airplanes, parts for product design class mock-ups, and models like a 3-dimensional periodic table for chemistry.

I taught myself 3D modeling and I needed a reliable 3D printer to build my own designs."

Award winning design

Schermata_08-2456531_alle_06.40.26_large"In April 2013 Andrew participated in Robogames -the international robotics olympiad.

After an intense match he won the Bronze Medal with his robot Skyhook I at the ribbon climbing competition.

"My Series 1 3D printer helped me reaching the optimal design for my robot through iterative process:

I created fourteen versions of the robot, refining the design every time.

I was able to focus on a design that was completely customized to my application.

This is the great power of 3D printing."

Early adopter

Andrew is also one of our Beta testers for the Next Generation Series 1.

Going farther

Schermata_08-2456531_alle_06.30.38_mediumAndrew is now working on paste extrusion.

He is using three different approaches: (1) air-pressure, (2) lead screw+plunger, (3) progressive cavity or "Moineau" pump.

It seems like the air-pressure technique is the most promising for the first material: cake icing. 

Air pressure in the compressor design acts as the plunger, by pressurizing the syringe and having the air push the material out of a special nozzle - that he designed and 3D printed himself on his Series 1 3D printer!