Grafter: remixing 3D printed machines by extracting their mechanisms

Grafter: remixing 3D printed machines by extracting their mechanisms

Researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have created Grafter, a software system for “remixing” 3D printed machines. The tool allows users to combine mechanisms from multiple 3D printing projects while maintaining the functionality of each mechanism. The 3D printing community is a place of sharing. Through 3D model platforms like Thingiverse and Pinshape, creators are able to share their CAD creations, which can then be downloaded, modified, and 3D printed by other users. It’s a great system, and one that has produced some spectacular collaborative 3D prints. But the element of modification, often called “remixing,” doesn’t come […]

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