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Winner - Platinum
Competition: Spark:Spring Student
Designer: Yang (Reiten) Cheng
Design Type: Product & industrial
Company / Organization / School: ArtCenter College of Design
Team Members: Yang (Reiten) Cheng
Polyformer is designed to be built with mostly 3D printed parts and easily obtainable components found on 3D printers so that most makers can build it themselves. The modular architecture allows users to easily swap out parts and modify the machine to their liking. The unique vertical L shape allows the users to easily interact with the machine and also minimizes the amount of space that the machine takes. By using a slicing tool built with bearings that shear the water bottle into a long and consistent ribbon, the user can then feed the ribbon into the repurposed 3D printer hotend which shapes the ribbon into a 1.75mm filament as it passes through the brass nozzle. The user can then mount one end of the filament on the red motorized spool to automize the process. The spool can be easily taken off to be mounted and used on a 3D printer. The outer shell can be easily opened thanks to the geared mechanism, it can be closed the same way to keep users away from touching the hotend. The entire machine was printed using recycled PET bottles which gives a nice translucent look to it.