Ember's Mechanical Designs are now Open Source

Posted by Eric Wilhelm on May 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A year ago, we announced Spark and our intention to design and manufacture a 3D printer. At the time, we didn't even have a name for the printer, but we did have a vision for providing an extensible platform and sharing the source of our work to inspire others to create new approaches to 3D printing software, hardware, and materials. Today, we're taking another step on that path, and I'm excited to share Ember's mechanical design files.

Fusion Exploded View Render of Ember

The full design of Ember in Fusion 360 is now available for you to freely view, download, inspect and modify. I've been having a blast with the explode model function! We're sharing these designs under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, the same license Arduino uses to share their design files. Just like the formulation for our resin, we're explicitly inviting you to understand, remix, and remake Ember.

Download the CAD

With these design files, you can conceivably make your own Ember. However, many of Ember's parts are injection molded, and while it is possible to 3D print these parts (many of Ember's first prototypes were largely 3D printed -- there's a certain beauty in a 3D-printed 3D printer), it's probably more work and ultimately more expensive than buying an Ember. The same is true of the projector -- having a Fusion model of the projector won't help you make your own, but that's not the point. Our thought is not that you would duplicate Ember, but extend it. The design files allow you to make your own modifications and enhancements. For example, we'd love to see Ember used as a research platform to explore the next-generation of stereolithography.

Opening our material formulation has been fascinating, and has opened several unexpected doors. I'm sure the same will be true of this release. Join the Ember design team on the Ember Forum to ask questions and get more information. We look forward to sharing the source for more of Ember and Spark and can't wait to see what you create.

Topics: Open Source, 3D Printer, DLP SLA, CAD