Evan Malone, M.Eng, MSThe NewScientist article Desktop fabricator may kick-start home revolution said
A cheap self-assembly device capable of fabricating 3D objects has been developed by US researchers. They hope the machine could kick start a revolution in home fabrication or “rapid prototyping” just as early computer kits sparked an explosion in home computing.
The standard version of their Freeform fabricator or “fabber” is about the size of a microwave oven and can be assembled for around $2400 (£1200). It can generate 3D objects from plastic and various other materials. Full documentation on how to build and operate the machine, along with all the software required, are available on the [email protected] website, and all designs, documents and software have been released for free.
“We are trying to get this technology into as many hands as possible,” Malone told New Scientist. “The kit is designed to be as simple as possible.” Once the parts have been bought, a normal soldering iron and a few screwdrivers are enough to put it together. “It’s probably the cheapest machine of this kind out there,” he adds.
Evan Malone, M.Eng., MS, is co-creator of the
project, which promotes the advancement of personal automated
fabrication technology by freely distributing designs and software
which allow anyone to build and operate their own open-architecture,
multi-material desktop SFF system. [email protected] is currently being adopted
into secondary and university curricula in the USA and the UK, and has
individual users worldwide.
His other research interests include systems thinking in policy making
and design of robust civil infrastructure.
Evan is also a Doctoral Candidate in Mechanical Engineering in the Computational Synthesis Laboratory at Cornell University. He earned a BA degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania after which he worked for two years in applied physics at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois as part of the Proton Driver proton synchrotron conceptual design team.
Upon completion of that project, he began graduate studies at Cornell University, earning a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in mechanical engineering and systems engineering for work on Cornell’s World Champion RoboCup autonomous robotic soccer project. His doctoral research involves developing systems, materials, and methods for all-additive fabrication (a.k.a. Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) or Rapid Prototyping (RP)) of complete electromechanical devices.
Evan coauthored Solid Free-Form Fabrication For Self-Sustained Robot Ecologies: Challenges And Opportunities, Evolutionary Robotics for Legged Machines: From Simulation to Physical Reality, Functional Freeform Fabrication for Physical Artificial Life, Printing Embedded Circuits, Application of Machine Learning Methods to the Open-Loop Control of a Freeform Fabrication System, Fermilab Proton Driver: R&D Effort for Composite Vacuum Chamber, Freeform fabrication of zinc-air batteries and electromechanical assemblies, Fab@ Home: The Personal Desktop Fabricator Kit, Chapter 8 (Vacuum) of The Proton Driver Design Study, Freeform Fabrication of Ionomeric Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators, 3D direct printing of heterogeneous tissue implants, and Freeform Fabrication of Organic Electrochemical Transistors.
His team won the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for [email protected] Watch the video!