Jesse Urban, Palm City inventor and 3D printing enthusiast, presented at the Robert Morgade Library on Friday, August 7. He brought with him his first home built prototype 3D printer made from tubes, gears, nuts, bolts, belts and a myriad of bits and bobs. Jesse has a marketable version currently in development.
The brains behind this device, other than Jesse, is a computer board known as an Arduino board.
Jesse used a free version of Fusion 360 by Autodesk to create his 3D object on his PC. The PC then spoke to the Arduino board which in turn talked to the printer and presto! The magic began.
The printer, fed by a spool of orange plastic, created the letter J layer by layer while Jesse spoke of the uses and advances of 3D printing technology. Jesse would love to have 3D printing available in the libraries. So would we!