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Questions tagged [printer-building]

Questions about building your own printer.

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Building a cheap 3d printer with DC Motors?

Because I do not own a 3d printer I am searching a way to build an affordable 3d printer. But paying a 200Euros for one seems too much for me. So in my search for affordable 3d printer I thought to ...
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3D printer out of normal printer (HP PSC 1315)

I thought as a fun project to make my own 3D printer out of a normal printer parts + some parts out of old CD-ROM drives that are lying around. The printer of my choice is an HP PSC 1315 one. But I ...
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Is there a difference between 3D printing and additive manufacturing?

Is there a difference between 3D printing and additive manufacturing if any then explain?
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Ball screw: Maintaining Z axis position when motor is OFF

I'm building a 3d printer of size 500 x 500 x 500 build area. For the Z axis, I'm planning to use this Linear actuator. The maximum weight Z axis might encounter is 15 Kg due to it being a clay ...
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Adding a battery backup power supply

So apparently the wiring in my home is... questionable. Very rarely, plugging or unplugging things will cause a power dip. This is almost always the result of turning on a fan or something, is only ...
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How to build a cheap (but safe) laser engraver with spare parts [closed]

I would love to start a small engraving business without having to purchase expensive hardware. Using scrap parts at home, or parts from broken CD players, are there any ways to make a laser ...
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Why not use GT2 en lieu of a Z-axis threaded rod or leadscrew?

Having just re-read Tom's excellent answer to my question Advantages of GT2 over a rack, as my comment ponders1: Why is a threaded rod, or lead screw, used for the Z-axis movement in a Prusa (and its ...
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Geeetech GT2560: Electronic safety and power source

I'm about to build myself a 3D-printer. After a long search for a brain for this one I came across the GT2560 from Geeetech, because it leaves a solid impression on me. The manufacturer himself has a ...
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Lead screw holder - shall I buy metal or just use a printed one?

I am on the way to building my own printer using 2020 profiles, TR8 * 500mm lead screw for the Z-axis. Still thinking if that will be a h-bot or coreXY, but this is another story. As the printing ...
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Connect to 3D printer via internet without router

My problem: I need to connect to my 3D printer via the internet from an Android app (using IP address and API key). My 3D printer is based on Marlin firmware latest and connected to a Raspberry Pi ...
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Lead screws - M8 instead of M5?

I am building a Prusa i3 MK2S (Dolly). I find it very difficult to find M5 rods for the Z axis, I have an M8 lead screw with 8 mm lead, So I thought since M8 is widely available online I could ...
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is possible to send printing with mach3?

I was wondering if is possible to send printing using the software MACH3 for CNC since this software can handle up to 3 axes: X,Y,Z,A,B and C. Of course the CNC needs an extra control for temperature ...
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What size is the lead screw

So I am fairly new to 3d Printing and have a question that is probabley stupid. I built a 3D printer kit a while back but now I want a large printer to play with. I would like to build a 300X300X400 ...
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Sunhokey Prusa i3 axis x, y, z?

My Sunhokey Prusa i3 arrived with a corrupted disc. I'm awaiting a new one and finished the mechanical build via YouTube videos. I've no clue which motor controls the X, Y, and Z, axes. I"m not even ...
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What else can I use for a 3D Printer frame?

I am building a 3d Printer here: Build Volume: X:300mm, Y:300mm, Z:400mm Mechanism: 1 motor, 2 leadscrew, 4 rod Z-axis; CoreXY head movement Belt: GT2 6mm Steel Core Pulley & Idler: 20T 6mm, Bore ...
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ROKO bed levelling sensor

I was sent my sensor (a ROKO) and I plugged it in with the pins in the wrong order, would this break my sensor? If so is there anything I could do?
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Anet A8 - hot end temperature still same

I've recently purchased Anet A8. First print went well, but now, the hot end temperature stays at ~230 °C. When I touch it, it is still cold. I tried the thermistor, and it correctly changes ...
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Creality 3D Ender-4, a “extruder kit” does not fit the frame

This is my first time building a 3D printer (a "Creality Ender-4"). Everything is going fine except the "extruder kit" part that does not have enough space to attach on the frame. Should I drill it ...
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Prusa I3 starting print above heating bed? [closed]

So I have been going through modding my printer and I have come across a new problem that I have not had issues with before. My 3D printer will start to print above the heating bed even though it ...
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Building a 3-D printer

Building a 3-D printer is obviously a huge undertaking. Does anyone know of any reasonably cheap guides to build my own 3-D printer?
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Z axis issue with Ramps 1.4

I just installed a Ramps 1.4 board on to my Anet A8. Everything worked as it should except for the Z axis motors. The Ramps board I have contains two headers for each Z axis motor. When both motors ...
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Can cheap hotend parts sourced from China actually produce good prints?

TL;DR Is it possible to build a hotend, using separate parts, sourced on eBay, from China, and still achieve a high quality print? In my opinion, the E3D V6 hotend is rather expensive, at $/£70, ...
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Complete list of fasteners for the Sintron Kossel

TL;DR I need a complete list of fasteners (bolts, nuts and washers) for the Sintron Kossel. Has anyone bought this kit, and knows the answer, or knows where this is documented? A complete list ...
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Prusa i3 Z axis only goes down (even on up command)

I have just finished building a Tronxy P802M Prusa i3. When I try to move the Z-axis, using the hardware buttons in the LCD menu (without a computer connected), it only goes down, when I both ...
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Printer goes beyond the bed when auto leveling

I am trying to add auto bed leveling to my Prusa i3. When I run g28 my printer hits the x and y end stops properly, then it assumes X:25 Y:99 position on the bed and performs z homing, after which it ...
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Is it a good idea to include thermal fuses in a DIY 3D printer design?

3D printing should be relatively safe, however, the inherent nature of 3D printers, with all of the heated parts, constitutes a fire risk. A well designed 3D printer should be designed to be as safe ...
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Would using a leadscrew with 1 or 2 mm lead, en lieu of 8 mm, result in a better printer?

By "better" I mean "more precise"... With respect to a RepRap P3Steel or Wilson II, I am getting some 330 mm T8 leadscrews for the Z-axis movement. There seems to be a choice between a lead of ...
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How long are the carbon fibre rods for a Travelling Kossel?

TL;DR - For a given Kossel frame size (w.r.t. the vertical and horizontal frame lengths of the aluminium extrusion), what would the length of the carbon fibre rods be? A case in point, from ...
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ABS or PLA for structural printed parts?

TL;DR Is ABS a better material to use for structural parts of a 3D printer, as opposed to PLA? I have been looking at various suppliers of printed parts for a Wilson II, on eBay. One supplier ...
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For a larger build volume, what lengths of 2020 aluminium do I need?

TL;DR How do I upscale a Wilson II? What lengths of aluminium1 do I need in order to achieve a particular (increased/reduced) build volume? The design of the Wilson II is scalable (source: ...
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My anet a2 auto-homes incorrectly

I just made my anet a2, and when I hit auto-home it goes off the board makes a loud clacking sound going down a bit (under the heat bed but off to the side). Any suggestions?
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Folgertech FT-5 : Does not seem to be reading G-Code correctly

I recently purchased an FT-5 from Folgertech and finished assembly about a week ago. I have yet to accomplish a successful print. It seems like either the file is not being sliced correctly, or that ...
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Advantages of GT2 over a rack

Many 3D printers employ a GT2 band for the y-axis plate and the printhead in the x-axis carriage. However, there seems to be the obvious disadvantages of: stretching (and need for adjustment) and; ...
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Is the 8mm x 20mm bearing axle for the X-axis idler (of a P3Steel) a custom part?

Here is the X-axis of the P3Steel: The X-axis idler end of a P3Steel printer, employs an 8 mm diameter rod for the axle on which a 608zz bearing is mounted for the GT2 belt. This 8 mm rod is ...
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Orientation of long thin rod on P3Steel v4

I have a derivative of the P3Steel v4, which is not the Irobri design but another version (I'm not entirely sure which), from Poland: Frame Prusa I3 P3Steel v4.0 +RODS. I have assembled the frame, ...
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Prusa i3 Z axis not moving up

I just got a Hictop Prusa i3 printer and I have it fully assembled. When I tested out the motors to check them the Z-axis motors were not moving and it was making a grinding sound. I have lifted the ...
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How to build a metal-based 3D printer? [closed]

I have a hypothetical question. From which parts can I build a metal-based 3D printer and can I buy those parts somewhere?
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Can you replace broken 100k thermistor with thermocouple - potentially blown analogue input as well

I have bought myself an I3 3D printer - it comes with a thermistor which is then placed into a hole in the hotend and held in place by a grub screw. Sadly due to my lack of care I managed to crush ...
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Printed part auto-eject (automatic part removal)

What are the methods to auto eject parts (into a collection area/box/basket) in order for the 3D printer to continue printing? For some reason this feature isn't common (yet?). Is there a hidden ...
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true color printing with CMYK+White (not 3-in-1 diamond head RGB)

There is this great hotend called a diamond hotend, which can be used to print in 3 colors and mix them into hundreds? of colors. This can for example be used with Red, Green and Blue filament to mix ...
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How to properly read dimensions for a 3D printer?

I'm trying to find the correct way to read and understand the dimensions of a 3D printer. For example, if I read the following dimensions for the Robo 3D R1 Plus as 10x9x8 Inch - I want to know what ...
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What parts are strictly necessary for a 3D printer?

I've built the mechanics of my 3D printer myself, because I need to print parts that are really huge, (and for budget reasons). So, I already have the 3D movement functionality. But what I need now, ...
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Will this printer be good enough to make prototyping models? [closed]

I'm new to the 3D printing world, but I've been doing some research over the past couple weeks. I need a printer that is decent enough to make prototypes using simple 3D software (I use Blender for ...
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HDPE as the body of a 3-D Printer?

I've been working on my own DIY 3-D printer recently, and I've been trying to experiment a little with different materials for the body. Someone suggested using HDPE (high-density polyethylene), since ...
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Auto Bed-Leveling with Inductive Proximity Sensors and Magnets

I recently decided to upgrade to auto bed-leveling using an inductive proximity sensor and an aluminum build plate on my Prusa i3. I also wanted to try to secure the build plate using neodymium ...
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Can I use a pin header in a breadboard to wire up the z-axis motors in parallel?

Can I use a pin header with the molex on my Nema 17 motors and a bread board to wire up the z-axis motors in series? Also, do breadboards and pin headers have ratings, the way that wires do?
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What is a good book to read about 3D printers?

I've been interested in 3D printing for the past month however, I have noticed that it's sort of a "reserved" topic. Meaning that everyone who talks about it, has already some basic knowledge about ...
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Solidoodle 4 voltage requirements

I have a solidoodle 4 and have blown the power supply . Long and the short of it is I am trying to modify a Xbox 1 power supply to fulfill the need. I am measuring he voltage at the output and its 14....
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What does the trimpot on my Switching Power Supply do?

On my Switching Power Supply there is a little orange trimpot that's marked VR1; what does that do, and does it work similar to the ones on the stepper drivers?
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How do I determine that the electronics are working with the test firmware?

You may want to use this code to test all the electronics before installing any of the suggested firmwares. From Final Step in the RAMPS 1.4 Wiki There's a bunch of code in the sketch, and it ...