Skip to comments.15-Year-Old is Creating a 3D Printer ’10X Faster, Most Reliable & Advanced Ever’
Posted on 07/06/2014 10:32:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The number one issue that people have with 3D printers today, is the speed at which they print at. People now-a-days want things quickly, at the touch of a button. Over the years, many of our everyday jobs, chores, and desires have reached a point of almost becoming instant. For example, when you want to print a document from your computer or tablet, its done in approximately 5-10 seconds. When you want to bring up a website on your smartphone, its up in a matter of 1-2 seconds. Just about every aspect of our lives, when compared to that of the technology we used a few decades ago, has moved into a new realm where everything seems to be running in fast forward. 3D printing, however, when it comes to speed, is still chipping at the ice in the Ice Age.
This can be expected. 3D printing is a relatively new technology, especially when you focus solely on consumer level, at-home 3D printers. It can take a full day to print objects the size of a basketball. It can take several hours to print something as small as a Rubiks Cube. Speeds have improved slightly in the few years since consumer level 3D printers have been made available to the general public. However, weve hardly seen any noticeable improvements. One little boy and his company CarrotCorp, plans on changing this.
Thomas Suarez, a 15-year-old little boy, made headlines several years ago when he created a Justin Bieber whack-a-mole game called Bustin Jieber. Since then he has given a TED talk on technology, was featured on BBC, and had the chance to meet a lot of important and famous people.
Now Suarez has a relatively new interest, and that interest is 3D printing. He had the chance to meet Bre Pettis back in 2012, and tour the MakerBot Botfarm.
I told my dad [about 3D printing], and he said, oh thats not real!, explained Suarez back in 2012. He didnt believe it.
Soon after, Suarez decided to prove to his dad that 3D printing was very real, by setting up a tour of the MakerBot botfarm. Nevertheless, his father became a believer, and Thomas himself became even more enamored by the technology; so much so that he decided to set out to push the technology even further.
Recently I applied for a patent on 3D printing, Suarez told BBC in an interview. Im trying to make 3D printing faster and more reliable. The key there is speed, and were trying to [get] ten times faster than current generation 3D printers.
Thomas is completely self taught when it comes to his technology insight, and his revolutionary new ideas. It should be interesting to see more details on what this patented super 3D printer includes. If Thomas can legitimately create a 3D printer capable of speeds that are ten times faster than todays current technology, you may just be reading about a future billionaire. Just yesterday, CarrotCorp announced that they are working on creating a 3D printer that is the most advanced, the most reliable, and the fastest 3D printer ever created.
We have recently covered a story on 3D Systems, a company which has created a super speedy industrial level 3D printing system for the creation of smartphone modules, as part of Googles Project Ara. However, we have yet to see these 3D printers in action, and they will surely cost in excess of $1,000,000 each. Thomas patent is for a consumer level 3D printer technology, which could make the process of 3D printing ever so close to being the speeds we all truly desire.
Discuss Thomas Suarezs potential technology in the CarrotCorp 3D Printer forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video interview that Thomas had with BBC below:
He made 2 crappy apps and suddenly he’s boy genius.
Good luck to him.
Yea gads! Frighteningly brilliant! All you have to do is take a great invention and make it 10 times better.
I want a 3d printer and powered armor...
. How many apps have you made? When you were 15 ya gave a TED talk and were thinking about 3-D printing. ......envy isn't a virtue.
I want an ironman suit.
The pace of technology development will only increase exponentially because of the availability of information. This young man will succeed, I believe.
Something like that, yes.
I’m about 40 years older than this young man and although I’ve done some meaningful things in my life, I’ve never made an app (and wouldn’t begin to know how to) or even seen a 3D printer in person, much less improved upon one. Nikola Tesla wasn’t a “one-off” I believe we have several in each country per generation, at least. Look around you and compare it to 1945, the year the war ended. Almost unbelievable.
I hope he makes a billion dollars because he’ll never get laid.
There exists an entire subsect of the dating scene where young ladies look to score themselves a smart geeky guy.
Yes, it is an actual fetish, don’t recall what they call it offhand though.
I truly doubt that. You must be thinking of a TV show.
I weigh 350lbs, look like Santa Claus or a biker depending on what day it is and am as poor as a church mouse and I was doing just fine as a single man in my late 40's but you're saying a healthy young billionaire will have trouble in that department? Huh? If he can give a TED talk and woo investors he should have absolutely no problem in that regard.
Anybody with a billion dollars who can’t get laid is certainly doing something wrong.
But who says he wants to?
Gosh, I hope he gets started printing that liver I’m gonna’ be needing pronto.
“Could be....” “....has the potential to......” “promises to......”
I see a lot of words like those, but I don’t see and “does” or “is”. I see a “patent applied for” and a history of two games in his pocket, but not much else.
I wish him luck but “boy genius” is too often a catchall for intense interest and imagination. There are some real problems with materials, delivery, control, resolution, etc. that have to be worked out.
Something tells me the author doesn't understand that it's not just 'size'. In this case, both nearly the same 'size'. Complexity and rate and frequency of change.
Well, yes, the “printer”. But that word, printer, contains a lot of subcomponents. Nozzles, deposition resolution, materials and fineness, cure rates, rates of delivery and variance, a whole lot of things.
The robotics - mechanics are there for speed, and I’d say interface technology would be there readily, too. Inkjet and laser printers are pretty fast. But they are working with small, pliable easier delivery materials.
Yes, I think that dynamic range (resolution, span of deposited sizes, rate of delivery, etc.) would be key - in effect a fat printhead that can get as small as the point of a needle but also deliver like a 6" (or larger) paintbrush when required.....something like the three color printers with a larger control area...
Can you imagine if his parents and teachers put him on Ritalin or other drugs to make him easier to manage?
Some day her prints will come
...unless you're a liberal!
>. How many apps have you made? When you were 15 ya gave a TED talk and were thinking about 3-D printing. ......envy isn’t a virtue.
When I was 15, we had Apple IIes. All I’m saying is that this kid made an app that features a bouncing Justin Beiber head that you tap. Call him a genius, then.
You misread my comment. The only way he will get laid is if he makes a billion.
He has a skill set that makes something happen on an electronic device. He appears to have a vision of what 3-D printing should be. Look at the movie on Jobs. That's how innovation and progress is made in all types of societal endeavors.. money, engineering, medicine, aerospace, electronics, creative arts... takes someone with a vision, skill set and hard head that just grinds and grinds. This kid made an app. It shows that he can "want to" and then makes it happen.
Lots of people "want to do" something but don't have the know how, attention span, attention to detail and drive to create something from nothing.
Genius? eh.. over rated. Creating and follow through... seems to be on track . Then there's the "vision" thing. When I was 15 I had a vision of guitars, beer,biochemistry, long legged girls with blonde hair that were flexible and of loose morals.
I have a feeling that this kid just might change the use of 3-D printing for personal use. ...just maybe.
I don’t know the kid and neither do you, I assume, but given what I’ve seen lately, he’s probably already experienced that. Kids start real young these days, especially famous or semi-famous ones. It ain’t 1975 (the year I was 15) any more.
How right you are! I want to do things but I got old and lazy. I don't know what the boy's ideas are, but here's something I dream of. A method whereby a mist of vaporized material is sprayed within a 3D enclosure, and intersecting lasers harden the spray. A 3D object can be rapidly built up with this method, used in conjunction with other already established methods. Go ahead and patent my idea, as I'm too lazy but happy in my retirement. I don't like the speed of my 3D printer but I garden while waiting for it to print.
There is already a process where lasers intersect in a powdered medium, forming the object. Your idea would need the spray tip and the laser output point of at least one laser to be very close together, with the second and perhaps third laser pulsing to a/the focal point.
Do we live in a great country or what?
One of my hobbies from back in the early 1970s is computing. Around 1978 I was in a computer club, and members would share tips and information. So one time a 13-year-old kid demonstrated a knife-throwing game on our Apple II machines (they had just recently came out). Said he wrote it the day before. Everyone's jaw dropped, as we watched the gory color graphics of blood spilled as you hit human targets. This from a kid. Don't know what became of him, but many members went on to great things and got rich. Good ole USA.
I saw a story about a 3D printer that would use plastic bottles to make things from. That would be pretty awesome.
But that's still a 2D build, layer by layer to create a 3D object. My idea is to form the object almost simultaneously in a 3-dimensional enclosure. Now imagine several circular rings operating like a gyroscope with nozzles and lasers, that would be in constant controlled motion spraying a medium with the lasers intersect and harden the material. They could quickly create a support structure to hold the newly created object. Some nozzles would spray material, while other nozzles would air blast material out of the way. I've seen videos of robots in the food industry where some of this technology is in use in directing and packaging items. So much of what I propose is feasible. I just don't have the means to pursue it, but look forward to seeing it created by someone else.
Would like to know how the plastic bottles were used for making objects.
I know there are people who posted information on building a machine that melts plastic scraps such as plastic bottles and forms filament for reuse in 3D printers. I’m saving scrap plastic in case I build a filament-maker. I also read of a small company that makes green planters from plastic bottles. They make all the connectors, you piece them together with plastic bottles and a pump, and you end up with a multiple-hanging-bottle array of plants where the water is recycled and delivered back into the top, self-sustaining system.
I think it was here:
Their filament cartridges use the bottles, not the user. (FOR NOW *evil laugh*)
“The Ekocycle printer will be available from Cubify for $1,200 later this year, and will use filament cartridges that contain at least three recycled 20 oz. PET plastic bottles, but the material still retains the flexibility and durability of standard 3D printer filament.”
Cubify is nuts! So how much are their filament cartridges, probably expensive as gold. Yesterday I spent some time cleaning ABS plastic from a jammed extruder. Sometimes you get contaminants in there and the plastic cooks and hardens jamming the works. I can imagine how many jams will result from recycled plastic bottles. Had to drill out the extruder, a PTFE tube and clean out the feed mechanism. No fun there.
Homely? Perhaps. I think she looks lovely in a very down-to-earth and approachable way.
In matters of taste there is no right or wrong.
I use a heat gun to make knife sheaths for the kitchen out of used milk jugs and cat litter buckets (for thicker plastics). Does that count?
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