Gallery: 83-Year-Old Inventor Designs Inexpensive Open-Source Filament ...


Hugh Lyman, an 83-year-old retiree from Enumclaw, Washington, won The Desktop Factory Competition with his design for a low-cost, open-source machine capable of turning resin pellets into inexpensive filament for 3D printing. The competition, sponsored by Inventables, Kauffman, and the Maker Education Initiative, required that the parts used to make the machine could cost no more than $250.

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  1. great white- shark July 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    AWESOME! Shows age is not a digressive guarantee and that what we do and do through out our lives make a difference.

  2. boondox.rob March 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    thanx for reporting on this, I’ve done a bit of 3d printing (used to work in 3d/CG production studios) very impressive to see this old [83!!] hobbyist/inventor making such excellent strides 4ward!

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