Manufacturing & Prototyping

Establishing a Network of pFab Innovators

Nancy M.H. Holloway, Section Head
Advanced Fabrication Processes Section
Fabrication Technology Development Branch
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA

The Fabrication organization at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is in the process of establishing a personal fabrication (pFab) lab for innovators to build quick and economical (plastic) parts and hardware with 3D desktop personal fabricators. The fabricators are low cost and designed to be modifiable and hackable. Recently, several of these economical fabricators were purchased, and upgrades have been made to enhance the performance, including:

Installation of safety cutoff switches to turn off the heater circuit and prevent the cartridge heater from overheating. Interface board to independently operate the fabricator through an SD card so that a computer is not necessary to build a part. Installation of an automated heated build platform so that multiple objects can be printed consecutively without a person having to reload the drawing files.
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