Our 3D Printer - the view from Twitter

Last weekend (29th/30th September 2012), a crack team from Derby Makers were dispatched to do battle at the GIST Foundation in Sheffield.

Their mission, to build a 3D printer against the clock and against other teams from around the Midlands.

OK, the crack team was composed of a bunch from Derby Makers who happened to be a) breathing, b) in the Silk Mill when asked and c) free on the weekend.

But it was a competition, arranged as part of Sheffield's Festival of the Mind - Build the just released Mendel 90 RepRap 3D printer in two days against other groups in the friendly GIST Lab in Sheffield.

This article is a copy of my Twitter feed from the weekend - A (hopefully) more sensible write up of the weekend to follow shortly...




 Well, that's the day job over for another week.This weekends fun is in Sheffield building a 3D printer with <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> &amp; <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a>



 It's Saturday...It's early...#Bleeeeeeeuuuugggghhhhh

 Lovely derby morn... 

Made it to Sheffield! <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 


This is what we're here to build - 3D printer <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

 Parts are arriving on our table...<a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

 More 3d printer parts arriving...<a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a>

 Inside GIST for the 3d printer build <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

 Kick off meeting for the 3d printer #fotmGist 

 Team introductions #fotmgist 

 Assembly begins!#fotmgist <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

 One motor assembly coming together...#fotmgist 

 There's something nasty in our 3d printer! #fotmgist <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a>

 Lunch break - this is what we've got!#fotmgist <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

 Our nearly finished 3d printer #fotmgist <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> 

 It's switched on!And there's no burning smell...#fotmgist <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

 Yeah! Another team has green goo! #fotmgist 

 End of day one - two machines are extruding!#fotmgist

 Post 3d printer building drink in sunny Sheffield #fotmgist




 Some snaps from day 1 of the 3D printer build in Sheffield's GIST Foundation #fotmgist 



 Up and ready for day two in Sheffield. Hopefully, I won't nod off in the lab...#fotm


 Day two dawn in the GIST lab... Busy busy busy! #fotmgist

 Our first 3d print! Who'll start the bidding for the extraordinary piece of modern art?#fotmgist #DoIHear1Million? 

 Much tweaking going on...#fotmgist 

 And we're printing!#fotmgist

 The final product!#fotmgist <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

 I believe the term is 'lol android' #fotmgist 

 Hmmmmm. Pizza.Lunchtime!#fotmgist

 The crowd at work, even though there's pizza in the building...#fotmgist 

 Our second (recognisable) printed object <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> #fotmgist 

 And they're coming out of the 3d printer at a rate of knots now :-)#fotmgist

 A scale model of the <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> plan for the Derby Space Elevator #fotmgist 


 We swapped the glass plate for another one and had two failures. Now back with the original plate...#fotmgist 

 Talk time :-)#fotmgist 

 Yeah!<a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> take the Golden Spanner! #fotmgist 

 Our Golden Spanner!<a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> #fotmgist <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> 

 Caution. Droid at work...#fotmgist 

 Our final product!<a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> #fotmgist 

 A huge thank you from <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> to all involved with <a href=http://twitter.com/gistwire>@gistwire</a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a> We had a fantastic 3d printer weekend!


 Pictures from Sundays 3D printer fun have now been added...#FOTMGIST <a href=http://twitter.com/derbymakers>@derbymakers</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/gistwire>@gistwire</a> <a href=http://twitter.com/FestivalMind>@FestivalMind</a>




Thanks to Graeme for this wonderful timelapse of a 3D printer doing its thing earlier today. #FOTMGIST <a href=http://twitter.com/DerbyMakers>@DerbyMakers</a> 

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