EWaste 60$ 3D printer


DIY 3D Printer built out of reused electronic parts by mikelllc, an instructables here:

This project describes the design of a very low budget 3D Printer that is mainly built out of recycled electronic components. The result is a small format printer for less than 100$.

First of all, we learn how a generic CNC system works (by assembling and calibrating bearings, guides and threads) and then teach the machine to respond to g-code instructions. After that, we add a small plastic extruder and give an overview on plastic extrusion calibration, driver power tuning and other few operations that will bring the printer to live. Following this instructions you will get a small footprint 3D Printer that is built with about an 80% of recycled components, which gives it a great potential and helps to reduce the cost significantly.

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  1. Uses 2 CD / DVD drives, and a floppy disk drive. A PC Power supply. If you don’t have these (or the motors / supply are faulty) you may be up for a fair bit more than $60.
    Still cheaper than a standard 3D printer. You just should be aware of the potential for the price tag to jump.

  2. I’m still writing down the list of components I have to get… I will post it once I have prepared it so some of you can help me check if anything is missing…

    Meanwhile I have a question about the nozzle: I have found that for 1,75mm wire there are various nozzle of 0,4mm – 0,35 – 0,30 and even 0,2mm! Can I use any of them or could be any problems in using a too much tight hole? A friend told me that the smaller is the hole the more precise is the printing… but I don’t know if it is exactly like that. Any opinion or advice? Thanks!

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