Plantener software for low-fidelity prototyping


#1

Anyone seen this:

looks pretty amazing…


#2

That video was actually one of the main drives for me to pursue getting a cutter to augment my rack of printers :slight_smile:


#3

Okay, you have my attention…
BTW, just how many printers do you have?


#4

“Only” 3 (Some people honestly do have far more, but that realistically is more than I need).

I started with a Printrbot Simple Metal, then wanted to have a heated bed and dual extruder, so got a Monoprice 3D printer (a Makerbot Dual Extruder knockoff). Still haven’t dialed in settings on the Monoprice to the point it prints reliably. And then later I obtained a Form 1+ so I could do SLA printing.

Then last semester we built a laser cutter using most of the guide for a Lasersaur, but smaller materials. The software doesn’t do rastering, and we still haven’t built an enclosure and venting system for it, so I am getting the GlowForge.

In CNC land… our machine shop has 4 industrial CNCs that I never get time on, so I built a Zenworks 12x12, but am now looking at getting an XCarve, after seeing them talked about on here and researching them a bit.

So overall… I am massively overkill for not even technically being a machine shop on campus (but hey… the only other printers on Campus I learned about later, and most of them aren’t dialed in. And the only other laser on campus is booked constantly by Art & Architecture. I like to have my own toys!)


#5

Just stumbled on this thread, and that software looks incredible.
I found this page: http://hpi.de/baudisch/projects/platener.html but nowhere do they talk about publishing the software, selling it, downloads, etc.

@jacobturner any insight into availability?


#6

Yea can’t find it anywhere, seems to just be a research project


#7

Dr. Baudisch came by the office last week! Wonderful fellow - looking forward to seeing what his team can do with a GF.

If someone wants to curate a list of questions for him, I’d be happy to pass it along. (Maybe start a new thread?)


Questions for Dr. Baudisch of Hasso Plattner Institute
#8

I never researched beyond watching that video. I took it as more of a mental exercise to keep in the tool chest for more effective rapid prototyping, and a speed comparison for laser vs printer.

Since then of course I have grown a hearty respect for simple cutting and folding of cardboard. Remarkable that I never maintained a stockpile before. Insanely useful to just ALWAYS have cardboard available.


#9

This is so brilliant! Now that my partner has his 3D printer in house (and we can see how slowly it works), it’s become even clearer how valuable a laser will be in the prototyping process.