Written By Alec Via 3Ders.org
Theoretically, 3D printers can be used to design just about anything, but the desktop 3D printers most of us use are somewhat limited to plastic. As a result, very few makerspaces are actually filled with 3D printed tools and trips to hardware stores remain as common as ever. That is just one of the many reasons why we were so impressed by the work of one Canadian maker, that would be a welcome addition to any workshop. Hardcore tinkerer Terry Thillmann designed and 3D printed a fantastic drill press, as we see in maker spaces all over the world, but impressively just about the complete load-bearing structure was made with a desktop 3D printer.
Thillmann’s story might be a bit recognizable to some, as it is people like him that enable the 3D printing community to thrive. Based in Calgary, Canada, he actually works in software development by day, but is absolutely crazy about designing and building – a hobby in which 3D printing has become indispensable. ‘My 3D printer has opened up a huge new world of possibilities and I'm always expanding on my skills and knowledge. I used to make robots with wood, but having a 3D printer has sped up the process immensely, and the results are always exactly what I had imagined. Heck, I even used my printer to fix my toilet one time by making a new part to replace a broken piece of plastic,’ he tells us.