Alastair Parvin, an architect from California, made the point that architecture should be in the hands of the people onstage at TED LongBeach California. Right now architects are, for lack of a better term, architecting for only the top 1.5 percent of the population. When people get to experience design, problems are solved and ideas are brought from all over. This TED Talk resonated with me. I'm a maker, and this is exactly what making is for. If we make maker technology accessable by everyone, everyone can innovate.
Making technologies include CNC Mills, Laser Cutters, 3D Printers, and all in between, but all of these can easily be 5,000 dollars or over. Stories from rural, third world areas where people built impressive projects exist, and with access to cheap maker technology the potential for home grown innovation like that doubles.
This project was CADed in Fusion 360 and printed, then it was put together with parts bought from home depot. Stepper Motors were attatched to move the axis and were controlled by a RAMPS 1.4 board with A4988 motor controllers. The firmware loaded onto IIIP replicas, marlin, is used to convert gcode and manual inputs to actual movement.