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Participate in the The Desktop Factory Competition

The Problem:
Low cost 3D printing is an emerging market. Competitors including Makerbot, Printrbot, Solidoodle, and Ultimaker sell machines from between $399-$2200. These machines require extruded plastic filament that costs about $40-$54 per kg. This is between 5-10 times the cost of the raw resin pellets. To get widespread adoption of the technology the cost of using the machines will need to go down.
The Challenge:
Drive down the cost of filament by creating a machine. The first team/person to build an open source filament extruder for less than $250*(calculation details below) in components can take ABS or PLA resin pellets, mix them with colorant, and extrude enough 1.75mm diameter +/- .05mm filament that can be wrapped on a 1kg spool. The machine must use the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0). http://desktopfactory2012.istart.org/

Facit Homes claims to build world’s first “digitally fabricated” house

Facit Homes claims to be the first company in the world to digitally fabricate a bespoke home on-site. The company has developed a process (D-Process) whereby it delivers a compact mobile production facility (MPF) to the construction site, equipped with all the materials and machinery required to transform a 3D digital design into a physical building. “We are the first company in the world to have successfully trialed manufacturing a house on-site,” Managing Director of Facit Homes, Bruce Bell told Gizmag. “We bring our compact high-tech machine to site and make it there and then—its an amazingly efficient way of designing and making a house.” http://www.gizmag.com/digitally-fabricated-homes-facit/23844/