3-D printing technology has exploded over the last few years! It seems as if every other day you are hearing a new story where 3-D printing is taking the lead. Just recently, I read about the first 3-D printer in space. NASA hopes that 3-D printing will one day provide a resource for printing spare parts on the go and creating many of the materials necessary if we ever hope to colonize another planet. 3-D printing would allow an isolated station or outpost the ability to use its limited resources wisely, instead of planning ahead for every worst case scenario. This flexibility is one of the keys ideas driving 3-D printing.
Now, I am not going to get into the details of 3-D printing. That is a conversation for another time. If you want a deeper background on 3-D printing I suggest giving this article a good read.
Instead, today I’ll give you some insight on how TI fits into the 3-D printing revolution. We decided what better way to do so than build our very own 3-D printer? The end result was a 3-D Printer Controller TI Design based upon the LaunchPad + BoosterPack configuration that utilizes a broad array of TI devices. Many of these devices were designed to make life easier when designing your own 3-D printer system.
TI Design: 3-D Printer Controller
Let me give you a brief rundown on each device and its purpose in the 3-D printer.
If you wish to learn how else TI is impacting the 3-D Printer Revolution you can visit these pages:
and check out our additional 3-D Printer reference designs:
Well that’s all the time we have for today. It’s time for you to get out there and starting designing your own 3-D printer! If you have any questions or want more information, you can visit the TI Motor Driver Forums or check out the TI Motor Drive & Control Home Page.
Nick Oborny, Motor Applications Team, Texas Instruments
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