Thursday, December 18, 2014

Building a 3D Printer.

I love the open source community.

For the past month I've been working on and off on a 3D printer. Using designs based off of the RepRap Prusa i3 that were tweaked and improved by TwelvePro, with no prior CNC experience I've been able to construct a very polished looking machine.

I've self sourced every part of the printer, starting with raw materials whenever possible save the electronics.

Anyways, a few pictures...

Laser cutting the frame (this was attempt #2, measure twice cut once....)
Using a Makerbot Replicator at my university to print a few parts. 
Most of the printed parts as well as the cut parts.
The stepper motors. 76oz Nema 17's
The y-axis with print bed carriage.
The x-axis with extruder carriage.

The extruder, fitting together nicely.

Frame assembled, ready for electronics installation.

Beginning to install the electronics in a new workspace.

The E3Dv6 hotend, freshly installed.

An easy MDF spool and ATX PSU caddy.

Mostly wired, added a light.

All I'm missing now is the control board, and is only missing because the first one I was sent was faulty. From there on it's all calibration and troubleshooting. And then, plastic everything.