Making a 3D Printer at Home

Don't have a 3D printer? No worries. With the right tools and expertise, you can make one yourself.
Loukia Papadopoulos

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3D printers sure are fun and useful but they can also be pretty pricey. Did you know however that you could make one at home?

This project is not for everyone. The process requires some advanced knowledge and tools but it sure does make for a fun video to watch.

All you need is two old DVD writers, a floppy driver, an Arduino Mega controller, a RAMPS 1.4, a couple of A4988s, a 1.75 mm extruder, a 0.4mm Hotend, a PTFE tube, and a 12 volt SMPS. For the printer to run you also need Pronterface, Cura and XLoader.

Start with the old DVD writers. Unscrew them open until you take out their middle part. Attach two wires to the middle part. Next, take the floppy driver.

Unscrew it open and take out its middle part. Cut it up so you only have the top part. Then attach the wires from the two old DVD writers to this part.

Take an aluminum composite panel and cut it into a square. Take some more aluminum rectangular pieces and screw them together and onto the square panel.

You have now prepared the base for the home-made printer. What do you do next? We won't tell you that. You have to watch the video for that.

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