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Build-Your-Own-3D-Printer Workshop

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May 21, 2012 6:29:00 PM

Want your own desktop 3D printer? We will give you a kit + teach you how to put it together, tune it, and to print parts! 

2-days workshop : 7/28-29, 8/11-12, or 8/25-26 (SAT&SUN)

SPACE LIMITED. Reserve your seats now!

In this class, you will be building a MendelMax 1.5, the most advanced version of the RepRap 3D printer. Since many parts of the RepRap are made from plastic, they can be printed on a RepRap, meaning the RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and some additional materials. It also means that - if you’ve got a RepRap - not only you can print out all sorts of fun stuff, you can also print all the plastic parts needed to make another RepRap for a friend, or use the knowledge to fix it, repair it, and 3D-print upgrades!!

PLUS: each 3D printer will come with a free licence of MOI v2, easy to use 3D modeling software. (a $295 value

We CARE about quality: we have built many 3D printer kits, and have concluded that this is the BEST value currently available, in terms of price, build volume, rigidity, precision. Each class will be limited to 7 kits to ensure everyone gets the attention you need.

All of our instructors from Hive76 have been working in this field since the beginning. We are passionate about 3D printing and commited to spreading the knowledge to everyone! 

During this class, you will build it, tune it, learn the software, and test print, all in one workshop! At the end of the workshop, you will walk out the door with a working 3D printer!  It’s a pretty time/labor intensive process, so get yourself ready! 

Day 1 : 10:00AM - 1:00PM Assembling Hardware 

            (Break: Lunch provided) 

            1:30PM - 9:00PM  Wiring Electronics

Day 2 : 10:00AM - 1:00PM  Software + Machine Tuning

            (Break: Lunch provided) 

            1:30PM - 8:00PM   3D Printing 

What to bring: 

- A laptop + powercord (OS X 10.6+ and Ubuntu 11.04+ are recommended for robotics control and 3D printing. Windows should work but due to the variability in Windows systems you may have some hurdles to getting the proper software installed. You will need Python v2.7+, the Arduino environment, and a few other bits.)

- Enthusiasm and a passion for learning and helping others learn.

- Bring your friends! (3 Students MAX per kit):  Bring a friend, a parent, your kids, anyone else you want to help you build your kit and learn all of its inner workings and how to fix it!

For more information please email

About the instructors:

Jordan is a founding member of Hive76 in Philadelphia and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. His research in the department of Bioengineering combines chemistry and rapid prototyping to direct cultured human cells to form more complex organizations of living vessels and tissues. Jordan has been in the 3D maker community since the beginning. He developed the MakerBot heated build platform at Hive76 and uses his MendelMax every day in the lab for biomedical research.

Christopher Thompson

Chris is a designer and digital artist in Philadelphia and a member of Hive76. He produces Creative Commons Licensed, digitally generated art and has designed and produced a few products such as the Math Clock and Meatcards. Chris is also a 3D printing aficionado and co-developed a new hobbed bolt for RepRap extruders which you will get as part of your MendelMax 1.5 Kit!

Topics: workshop, desktop, mendel, 3d-printing, reprap, opensource, Uncategorized, kit, mendelmax, hive76, nextfab


Posted by admin

Sep 3, 2011 4:24:00 PM


Hive76 held an awesome bot building event at NextFab Studio, August 26th-28th.  Hive76 members entertained and educated, as they assisted attendees in building a RepRap Prusa Mendela (a consumer grade 3d printer) from first bolt, to motor, to the software needed to print 3D objects. Not even Hurricane Irene could stop the attendees, who pushed through the bad weather with little to no breaks (their choice) from finishing their projects. The build was a fun way to extend the NFS community to new people that are interested in this new wave of technology. Check out more images on our Flickr page!

Hive76 plans to hold another build in the spring.  If you have any interest please contact us at

Topics: 3d-printing, reprap, Uncategorized, hive76, nextfab

RepRap World Tour

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Aug 20, 2011 7:49:00 PM

We will be hosting Hive76’s RepRap World Tour August 26th through August 28th!   You will be able to build your very own 3D Printer.

Sign up here.

RepRap World Tour

Topics: 3d-printing, reprap, Uncategorized, nextfab, diy

Thoughts on Fab6 So Far

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Aug 17, 2010 7:04:00 PM

FabLab Amsterdam Entrance

Before I get into the meat of the post, I thought I should put in a link to the “polycom" (EDIT: This link doesn’t work. THE LINK HAS BEEN FIXED, GO AHEAD AND GIVE IT A TRY) set up by MIT for people to stream the conference live. Unfortunately, Amsterdam is six hours ahead of Philly, so when we get started at 8:30 am, it’s 2:30 in Philly. Either way, give it a try between now and Friday, and maybe you can catch some Fab talk or see a little bit of what is going on.

It’s been an exciting few days so far at Fab6 in Amsterdam. After an opening night dinner at a restaurant built almost entirely of IKEA furniture, and an extremely DIY meal, we started bright and early Monday Morning. Unfortunately, I think I lost a page of notes from my first day at some point today (I think someone sketched something on the back of the page and then tore it out of the book during the projects session today), but that’s what inspired me to get a blog post done tonight, while everything is still fresh in my mind. I also have quite a few pictures (sorry for the lack of really quality pictures, these were all taken with my phone), which I will sprinkle liberally throughout the post.

Topics: fab6, makerbot, fabhome, mantis, niel-gershenfeld, flickr, composites, protospace, reprap, amsterdam, Uncategorized, fab-in-a-box, documentation, mit, tumblrize, yammer, utrecht, ikea


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Welcome to the NextFab Blog, where we discuss the ideas changing the world as we know it. Step inside the revolutionary world of 3D Printing technology, traditional and Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machinery, innovation and imagination.



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