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How to Make Your Own “Poor Man’s 3D Printer” #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Reminding us of the spirit of adventure and hack-it-together spirit that re-launched the 3D printer as a worldwide hackerspace and designer phenomena, here is a tutorial for how to salvage through your old abandoned appliances etc and design your own Poor Man’s 3D Printer, via Fabbalo. This also points to a future (already upon us?) where the apprentice design task of chose for budding young engineers is a 3D printer instead of pen plotter….

My goal was to build a cheap and inexpensive 3D Printer for less than 100 Dollar/Euro

What are the features of the Poor Man’s 3D Printer ?

  • Fused deposition modeling ABS/PLA
  • Heat bed
  • use of open source firmware, modified version of Tonokip
  • free host software, Repetier-Host
  • bowden-extruder
  • max. build size 40mm x 40mm x 40mm
  • resolution 0.08mm

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