Olin printer studio

A Printroduction

Hello everyone! Welcome to my 3D printing blog, Printeraction. My name is Alex Crease. For starters, this space is my playground. I’m one of four students who run the 3D printing space at Olin College of Engineering, where any and all students can learn to use our printers. With four MakerBot Replicator 2s, two Replicator 2Xs, a Kinect, a Filastruder, and loads of interesting filament, the space is used as both a rapid prototyping resource for students and a fun place to experiment, ideate, and innovate. As a leader of the space, I am always looking for new ways to use the 3D printers and share my ideas with the Olin community and the maker community as a whole.

I’ve started this blog as an experiment. I want to share my thoughts on expanding the definition and mindset of 3D printing through experimentation. Although I don’t know what this will become in the far future, in the near future I will be using this blog to share my research in developing a method of printing that I would like to call “co-processing”. This method will be introduced and developed over the next few weeks, and if you are interested in what I do feel free to contact me!

Here we go,

Alex Crease


6 thoughts on “A Printroduction

  1. Hi Alex
    That’s a cool idea and a good chance to win a bet ;-D . So I’ll like to follow your further blogs and get new ideas what can be done with 3D printing. However, as I’m quite new in 3D printing (started this month) I’ve so far more than enough ideas what I’ll will make on my Ultimaker 2. Here I just can’t try the files in Thingiverse straight ahead without modification, as we use metric threading in Switzerland.

    Kind regards from Paul


  2. Hi Alex
    One more comment: As I (probably) see in the picture of your machine park, you use an extruder to make your own filament. I just wonder, if that’s easy, without having air bubbles in the filament. I think, a blog with your experiences and ideas for special use of this tool would be welcome in the maker community.
    Kind regards from Paul


    1. Yep! We use the filastruder to create recycled filament. Basically, we either grind up old filament or filament pellets (which you can by on the filastruder webpage). Once that is done, we usually dehydrate them in an oven to get all the absorbed water and air out, and then send them through the filastruder. Depending on the filament, it can be tricky. The process is definitely still a work in progress!
      We grind up filament and use the oven to dehydrate it, and then we basically just put it


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