What is Desktop 3D Printing?
Imagine a robot that sits on your desk, and builds anything you tell it to from a spool of bioplastic.
Imagine that it makes these things by heating up the plastic then squeezing it out like toothpaste from a tube. Imagine it smells faintly of caramelizing sugar.
Imagine that the designs for the printer, the software that runs it, the software that designs things to be printed, and almost infinite quantities of pre-made designs, are all free.
And imagine that if you are smart, you can buy the parts to build the printer for $500. Or if you are smarter, you can buy a kit of guaranteed compatible parts for $825.
I don't have to imagine any of that, I've got it sitting on my desk right now.
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This is a list of tools I found invaluable (hey, I’ve no idea what your workshop situation is like – I hope this is not your first experience with nut and volts…)
This post is intended as an additional commentary on the “Differences from Stock Prusa” file initially by Brock Tice. Please don’t try to connect your electronics without also reading Brock’s file. I’ve tried to ensure that vital actions are in … Continue reading
Since I’ve already received word that my write-up on the mechanical build was useful, here are some similar notes on building the hot-end and extruder. The overview instruction page is on the MakerGear website. I’ll go through the sub-pages step-by-step. … Continue reading