Build Your Own 3D Printer!
Our goal is to help other people build their own 3D printer. We pool all of the entry fees together, bulk order the parts, prepare the parts as they arrive, and then teach you in person how to assemble them. We will be building Mendel90 style 3D printers.
The printer is based on the Mendel90 open source plans, but we will not be following them strictly.
- Minimum printable area: 8.25 x 11 x 7.25. We might be able squeeze a bit more than this in the plan by using a wider x-axis. The bed will be a mirror from the dollar store that is 10.75 x 13.75, so that would the maximum possible.
- No heating bed. This is to save on cost. This means you’ll only use PLA plastics and won’t be using any ABS.
- Wooden frame. Not only is wood pretty cheap, but it makes adding things to the printer pretty simple. The right angles of the cut wood make squaring a cinch.
- Arduino and Ramps 1.4 for the electronics. The board supports two extruders so you can upgrade to two color in the future.
- Home made hot end. We are going to start with flat aluminum bars, threaded rod, and nut cap to build it from scratch. This will let you make and change your nozzle diameter on the cheap if you ever want to.
- Comes with a roll of 3mm white PLA to get you started.
Show up on Saturday morning to find all of your parts prepped and ready to assemble. Leave with your very own 3D printer and your first sample part.
We will not profit from the event and will either refund any money that is left over, or will donate the difference to Habitat for Humanity Waukesha based on your preference.
We are limiting this event to the first 20 people and the entry is $415
The deadline to sign up is November 13th, 2013
If you have any other questions please reach out to E.J. Bantz at firstname.lastname@example.org