3D Printing Started With a Glue Gun

3D printing can sound like something out of science fiction. Could you imagine someone talking about printing shapes with Nutella 10 years ago? Well, it turns out the basic technology behind them has been around for over 20 years, and it all started with a toy made by a lifelong tinkerer.

Today, S. Scott Crump is the CEO of Stratasys, Ltd., a publicly-traded company that produces top-of-the-line 3D printers. In 1988, Crump was an entrepeneur with a serious tinkering hobby. He decided to load his glue gun with a mixture of candle wax and polyethylene to build a toy frog for his daughter from scratch. Using the glue gun, he built the frog layer by layer, inventing a 3D printing method which is now known as fused deposition modeling. It’s how most modern 3D printers work their magic, and it all started with a glue gun and an idea in the 1980’s.

You never know what will come out of tinkering! As you gain a greater understanding of tools and technology through experimentation, you might just discover a way to do something that’s never been done before.

If you want to see for yourself what modern 3D printing can do, head down to the Salem Mini Maker Faire next Saturday, August 9. We will have two fantastic 3D Printers showing their stuff: Badgers & Jam and 3D Printing Salem!

For more information on 3D printing and how to get into it yourself, check out this awesome Lifehacker article… or just ask one of the 3D printers next Saturday!

Information on Stratasys, Ltd., and S. Scott Crump was gathered from this fundinguniverse.com entry.

The Walking Beast by Moltensteelman

What can you expect at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village on Saturday, August 9?

For one thing, you can get an up close and personal look at this machine:

The Walking Beast is a 14,250 pound mechanical walker built by Salem-based Moltensteelman Studio. It will be at the Salem Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, August 9 from 10am to 5pm.