Questions tagged [diy-3d-printer]

Questions related to 3D-printers, that are either not manufactured on a commercial scale and assembled by the end user, or are designed and built by a non-commercial entity.

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DIY 3D printer Z-axis problems

So I have a homebuilt 3D printer. I was testing the axes and all of that, suddenly the Z-axis stopped working. I changed its connection to a different axis, and it's working, but when I bring it back ...
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Are there any nozzles shorter than volcano but longer than MK8?

I have a semi-diy hotend setup on my MOOZ-2 (an obscure chinese printer). It requires that the total nozzle length (including threading) is longer than 15 mm. So far, I've been using Volcano nozzles ...
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Can I plug in Arduino Mega USB input (to supply power) and RAMPS 1.4 power input at the same time?

Can I plug Arduino Mega USB input (to supply power) and RAMPS 1.4 power input at the same time? This is because when I plug the PSU into the RAMPS 1.4 alone, the LCD keeps restarting and it just gets ...
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Can I connect a PSU with a higher current rating than RAMPS 1.4 can handle?

I have a 12 V/30 A power supply. Will a RAMPS 1.4 shield burn if I use that power supply with it?
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Marlin, fans weird behaviours: two ports are reported on the printer display at 0% while they run at full speed, one port does not work

I'm using a Trigorilla 2560, here is the pinout and here you can find my Marlin root under a zip file the pin declaration to me does seem alright Basically, port0 ...
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What is the maximum input ratings for current, voltage and power for RAMPS 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6?

I need to know the maximum input for current, voltage and power for: RAMPS 1.4 RAMPS 1.5 RAMPS 1.6 I want to build a DIY 3D printer. RAMPS 1.6 can deliver only 270 W. but if I total my heatbed + ...
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Unusual printing after upgrading

So I've just done a full upgrade to my machine in by no means a beginner but this issue is stumping me, and a few other veterans that I've asked. Steps Completed: E-Steps extruding a perfect 100 mm ...
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Model looks differently on one leg, has holes [duplicate]

I am currently trying to let someone print a 3D-model of mine for school. The model was made in blender. Everything works fine until the guy imports my model via ...
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Switching computers for 3D printer

Does anyone know how to move a project I'm working on in VSCode on my Mac onto a different Windows computer? It's a Marlin firmware file using Auto Build Marlin and I want to move it from my main Mac ...
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Convert 3D printer to laser engraver

Can you convert a 3D printer to a laser engraver? If so is there a specific thing I have to buy?
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Lead screw orientation

Wouldn't it be better to mount lead screws with the motor on top and the bottom end unconstrained? Compared to the conventional way (motor on the bottom) the lead screw would be under constant tension ...
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Z homing problem; starts printing in the air

I have a DIY 3D printer with Marlin firmware. I use an LJ12A3-4-Z/BY sensor for the Z probe. Recently I have had a ridiculous problem with Z homing. In doing Z homing, it senses the bed, goes up, and ...
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X-axis homing failed with odd results on Tevo Tarantula

I recently finished building my Tevo Tarantula but now I have an issue with homing the X-axis. I have uploaded MarlinTarantula EasyConfig 2.0.x firmware with Arduino Version 1.8.15 on to the Tevo ...
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PLA for Dactyl Manuform print | Which material for printing the shell

I bought PLA Wood for my planned Dactyl Manuform. But now the question is whether this will melt or deform in the sun. I live in Germany, where we reach some days at times 32 °C. However, the keyboard ...
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Why not use high rpm stepper motors with high microstepping with gear reduction in 3D printer?

3D printer use stepper motors for moving print head and extruding filament. They need to have good torque and resolution. Microstepping improves resolution as much as 32 fold (I think) but reduces ...
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What is average price for 3D parabola?

So I wanted to print a 3D parabola, with a radius of 15 cm and a height of 4 cm. I've told this company, they told me that they need 3.5 days and its price will be 147 USA dollars and 50 cents. I ...
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Prints are mirrored in X-axis and inverted in Y-axis direction

My custom 3D printer prints everything inverted. I guess this is a homing problem as the motor moves in correct direction. In Pronterface, if I press -Y — bed moves forward (towards the Y endstop) if ...
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Manual Color Changing

Ive been experimenting will multiple color filament but the colors a more or less blended. Is there are filament that goes from one color directly to another without having transition color ex. red to ...
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Purchasing a first 3D printer [closed]

What is a good entry level 3D printer that you could use while earning to the next level printer? I found there are so many kinds.
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Automatic leveling of the bed does not work

I am trying to run the G29 G-code for my 3D printer to automatically level the bed of the printer. Every time I try run the G-code my printer just beeps and nothing ...
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How to 3D print a shopping cart

I need to find a way to design and build a real shopping cart for my project. I have not idea where to start from but I'm thinking maybe I can 3D print the shopping cart which will allow me to quickly ...
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Is FabLab a registered trademark?

I am starting a new company using 3D printers and doing an advertisement, and I want to use the word FabLab to describe the kinds of field that my company is in. Can I be sued by using the word FabLab ...
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Can RAMPS 1.4 be used for a 3D printer?

I am making a DIY 3D printer on a budget. So, I came across a kit with RAMPS 1.4 with an Arduino Uno which is really a great price. But, I don't know if the RAMPS board and the stepper driver (DRV8825)...
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How to design a DIY printer

I am making myself a DIY 3D printer on a budget. And I don't know how to prototype it or design it. Like, I have already planned the parts. But, I don't yet have planned the structure or how parts ...
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Considering size of smooth rod

I am making a DIY 3D printer based on the Prusa MINI. I want to ask what smooth rod size is great for a printer with a 20x20x20 cm print volume. I am planning on using a 8 mm rod for the z-axis and 6 ...
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Will RAMPS able to control 4 stepper motors

I am making a DIY 3D printer based on the prusa mini. So, I doubt is if RAMPS can only control 4 stepper motors as it has slots for 5 stepper motor slots and one will not be used in my case, if I can ...
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How to block UV light (transparent material)?

I want to build my own curing station for my resin printed parts. I know there are a lot of prebuilt machines but they do not completely satisfy my needs. I now want to know which material i can use ...
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Stepper motor for my DIY 3D printer

I am make a DIY 3D printer. And I need to which stepper motor I should use. So, I am planning on making a 18x18x18 or 20x20x20 max print size. I am only having a single z-axis like the prusa mini. ...
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alternative to Mic-6 bed plate

I am building a toolchanger CoreXY 3D printer. I am in big trouble to find mic-6 aluminium toolplate in my country. Can you suggest me an alternative to mic-6? In my country, I can find easily 5083, ...
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Hack IKEA Trofast drawers

I'm looking to hack an IKEA Trofast storage unit. It's 3 drawers high (10 cm for each drawer), I would like to make it 6 drawers high, with thinner drawers (4 cm for each drawer). Which means : ...
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Gluing silicon heater to aluminium

I am making a bed for my 3D printer. I have bought a silicon heater (31x31 cm) and I want to glue it to my custom aluminum bed. The tape that it had from factory was bad, so I removed it. I want to ...
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Unable to upload firmware to a new motherboard

I bricked my Tevo Tarantula's controller board, and I've decided to just replace it rather than unbrick it because they are relatively cheap. I recently bought a new MKS GEN L v1.0 board, but I've ...
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Sizing belts and rods for a Cartesian printer

Assuming a Cartesian printer with a belt and smooth rod design in which one axis moves another (i.e. the X-axis rails 'sit' on the Y-axis rails), what are the main considerations in sizing the rods ...
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Do I need linear rails on a corexy printer's z-axis while already having quality lead screws at hand?

I'm currently working on a CoreXY printer, my build platform will be 220 x 220 mm I've chosen to go with linear rails on X and Y axes. I have some nice straight machined 12 mm diameter lead screws on ...
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Why aren't fixed build platform 3D printers popular?

I'm trying to build a DIY 3D printer for myself. I've been exploring many different styles of printers and found this type of printer that has a fixed bed that stays fixed in one place and the whole ...
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Print wrap up and bends

I have the Bibo 2 3d printer that has two print heads which is nice, but I couldn't never get it to print good. I did level the plate, I did buy new filament (I am using Amazon PLA), but I couldn't ...
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Printer with two extruders but one as a backup

I'm trying to make a printer that will have a second extruder as backup for when the primary one clogs or runs out of filament. It is an ongoing project I'm doing to make a 3D printer as reliable as ...
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G2 / G3 command in Cura

I'm using Cura for my 3D printing (an ultimaker S5 printer) and in order to understand 3D printing I'm trying to learn G-code. I've noticed that even when the model is full of circles, the G-code is ...
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Top-Down SLA Printer Bulging Issue

I have designed and built a top-down SLA 3D printer that uses a 405 nm 500 mW laser along with some galvanometers. I filled the vat with glycerin and then topped it off with about 2.5 cm of resin. I ...
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Identifying and Replacing Capacitor

So during one of my initial experiments I accidentally blew up one of my capacitors. Everything else works on the board except the motor control with the blown capacitor so I'm going to replace it. ...
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Problems with the right Z axis

My 3D printer was working perfectly, but one day I put it inside an acrylic box and put it to work, that was not a good idea, because the Z axis grabbed the box, after that, the Z axis started to ...
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Wiring heatbed into Main using ATX

I had my 3D printer powered by dual 24 V PSUs wired in parallel and my heatbed was wired into the main using a SSR to help power it. I replaced the two PSUs with a single Corsair 750 W ATX. My printer ...
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Ender 3 Layer Shifting

I recently got an ender 3. It was working well for 2 prints. I managed to print two small items which were upgrades for the printer (filament guide and cable clip). Following this, I tried to print ...
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New RAMPS 1.6 not working

I just bought a new RAMPS 1.6 shield to replace my old RAMPS 1.4 shield. The problem is that it's just not working, the motors don't move, heatbed/nozzle don't get heated. It was all working with the ...
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MOSFET burned and high heated bed resistance

I am a newbie to 3D printing and I am making a 3D printer from scratch (Cartesian). I've got a RAMPS 1.4 shield and an Arduino Mega 2560 board. I have a few questions and it would be very nice if I ...
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Roll back from Marlin 2.0 to manufacturer closed-source firmware

Because I needed to insert nuts in my prints and therefore G-code instructions in their file, I upgraded my printer firmware to Marlin as in here : At the beginning I ...
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LCD/DLP resin curing system

I'm trying to develop a device to burn a glass slide surface with a special pattern of UV light (between 300 nm and 360 nm) in a 5 cm square surface. I've read several threads asking questions about ...
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Three RAMPS boards wasted by plugging in a heated bed

I have a DIY 3D printer. Everything works fine except the heated bed. When I plug my heated bed to the D8 terminal smoke comes out. This is my third RAMPS board that I have had this problem with. ...
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How to start a print in the center position after a change in parameters using M92 and M500 G-code

I have a Core XY Custom DIY Printer, but actually I have a problem with the measure in Axis X and Y. When a print a test cube with the measure 20 mm x 20 mm 20 mm, the object printed result with these ...
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Why does my TMC2208 only rotate my stepper motor in one direction?

I have two TMC2208 stepper drivers, both with the exact same problem. They both only allow the motor to rotate in one direction. They are currently used inside a CoreXY style 3D printer. In my case, ...
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