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Posted: Jul 08, 2014
A universal paste extruder for virtually any desktop 3D printer (w/video)
(Nanowerk News) A Kickstarter project by Structur3D Printing brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘playing with your food’.
The Discov3ry offers printing enthusiasts a simple, ingenious and affordable hardware add-on solution for printing a wide range of pastes. Now Makers can quickly and inexpensively experiment with easily sourced materials, like silicone, clay and cake frosting — allowing them to do more.
Discov3ry is an add-on (the size of a loaf of bread) that allows makers to go beyond plastic experimenting using a range of new paste materials, including silicone, latex, wood filler, polyurethane, icing sugar, nutella and more. This simple tool enables 3D printing of useful real world applications. Custom orthotics, cake toppers, flexible circuits... the possibilities are endless.
The Discov3ry system uses a syringe based cartridge system which keeps your printing materials separate and makes for an easy clean up. Switching from silicone to icing sugar is safe and seamless.
High Volume and Easy Clean Up
Each cartridge holds over 60cc (cubic centimetres) of your printing material. This is enough material for several prints. Unused material can be capped and saved for later.
Use Your Own Printer
Discov3ry works with any stepper based desktop 3D printer system. The printing tip is easily mountable and the device plugs into your existing electronics. Slicing and printing works with existing open-source software like Slic3r and Repetier.
Some of the materials that were successfully tested on the Discov3ry:
Silicone - Direct from Home Depot. There are countless variations to try.
Icing Sugar - Our best recipe made right in the kitchen. We gamble there are MANY other foods to test out.
Wood Filler - This sandable and paintable paste is great for crafts. Other household pastes like drywall compound work great too.
Polyurethane - This can be used for many durable applications around the house.
Latex - Perfect for flexible applications around the lab and garage.