Ultimaker 2 Power Armor
The project is a modular enclosure for the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2+ that requires no modification to the machine itself, thereby retaining all warranty rights for the consumer. It was created as a final project for FabAcademy 2016 and uses various aspects of the FabLab such as CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D printing, circuit design and production, and input/output devices. The enclosure is a 3 part modular system consisting of a base that also acts as an air temperature sensor and air extraction system for a potential filtration system. Along with the crown, it has strong built in hinges for a plexiglass door to help with heat retention. Finally, a beautiful contoured top piece holds any escaping heat and protects the system from dust, while the built in windows still allow views of the print. The 3 piece system allows the user to remove the top to access and maintain the extruder head without having to deal with the removal of the door. The electrical components of the base allows the system to know when a print is in progress. This opens up potential for tracking statistics such as average air temperatures, and track online print times for the purpose of maintaince schedules.
From San Francisco, California, I am an international student studying in Hochschule Rhein-Waal in Germany in Digital Media M.A.. There I stumbled across one of the finest FabLabs in Europe, where I have been heavily involved in the growth of the facility while learning the knowledge and creative spirit of the FabLab. Soon I participated in the FabAcademy program for 2016. The projects made during the experience and the final project solidified my understanding of the fabrication techniques, while also teaching me the skills of documentation and the transfer of this knowledge to others.
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