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Man Builds 3D Printer From Parts Found At Home

07 November 2013

Rylan Grayston, a 28-year-old from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, has not only built a 3D printer from spare parts found around his home, but he also raised over $600,000 in crowd sourced funding.

Grayston, who has no formal training in engineering or computer science, has been tinkering with technology all his life. When he didn’t have enough money to purchase his own 3D printer, he took matters into his own hands and built one himself.

Based on the model Grayston constructed, 3D printers have the potential become affordable household items. The estimated price for public sale of his invention, the Peachy Printer, is $100, which is shockingly reasonable comparable to other high-tech printers that sell for several thousand dollars.

While Grayston developed the idea and built the product, his brother Nathan Grayston, 22, helped with marketing. He created a video to introduce the product and also set up a Kickstarter page, which has already reached their funding goal. In just 30 days they managed to accumulate over $650,000 in funding.

The printer itself has no moving parts, no motors, nor computer chips. Grayston’s software converts a real life object into data using a sound card on his laptop. The sound is then sent through a speaker cord into the printer. The audio information is sent to electromagnetic mirrors and laser beams that vibrate and move in accordance with the data to build 3D objects from a specialized acrylic resin and salt water.

Grayston seems truly dedicated to creating new technologies and products: “All I want to do is invent.” He also discussed the possible riches associated with developing an affordable 3D printer that may become popular with consumers. “I would love to have lots of money so I can pull off my other inventions… I don’t want to buy a yacht. I won’t be buying any fancy cars.”

Hopefully we will hear more about Ryan Grayston and his economical 3D printer in the near future.

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