You know the story. A plastic part breaks on your dishwasher/hoover/car/buggy (delete as appropriate) and that's it... a possession worth hundreds of pounds is out of action while you wait for a riduclously expensive replacement part. It turns up in the post and after wading through the packaging you find out it's the wrong one...
3D printing promises to change all this. In the future – or so the geeks tell us – we'll be able to simply go online, search for the broken part and print it out using the printer in our home or community. Just like you can now download books and music online.
Rather than wait twenty-odd years for this to happen 3DPrintLab.org are going to try it out now and see what we learn!
In summer 2012 we'll be hosting a bring-and-fix day where you're invited to bring along an object which we'll scan with a 3D scanner and choose the most interesting object to try and print out a replacement part or replica object.
We trailed the event in March 2012 and got a great response. Residents brought along a wide range of objects including aa broken dishwasher tray, a religious incense holder and a handmade pot.
To get an invitation to the event we need a little help from you first. Please upload a picture of the object that you want fixing and explain why you want it fixed. On the day the most interesting object will be selected by our panel and fixed.
Date coming soon.