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The Nixie tube filadometer – a Nixie tube filament meter for your 3D printer

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Dr. Scott M. Baker made a Nixie tube filament meter for his 3D Printer: First, I decided to upgrade from the Raspberry Pi Model B to a more recent Raspberry Pi Zero W that I had on hand. Wired Ethernet is so ~ 2013 after all, and wireless would be...

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DIY 3D printer project

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Frank documented a 3D printer build, called Hephaestus: I finally did it, I designed and built my own 3D printer. This is in no way “the best 3D printer”. Instead, this was an epic and nightmare project that exercised my ability to engineer and build my own CNC machine. Along...

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Custom 3D printed magnetic encoder disks for robotics projects

Friday, January 26th, 2018

A how-to on making a custom DIY magnetic disk encoder by Erich Styger: I’m making great progress with the firmware for the new Mini Sumo Robot (see “New Concept for 2018 Mini Sumo Roboter“). The goal is a versatile and low-cost Mini Sumo robot, and the robot comes with the...

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An open source 3D Scanner made with Raspberry Pi

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Boris Landoni from Open Electronics writes about a new open source 3D Scanner made with Raspberry Pi: This being said, we may move on to talk about our 3D scan approach, that consists in using a linear laser, that is, one capable of drawing a vertical line having a constant luminous intensity, and...

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More Delta printer upgrades: WiFi and silence!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

David Crocker has been working on his Delta 3D printer project: After performing this upgrade, the printer is much quieter than before. This is because of the change from x16 microstepping on the Duet with A4982 drivers, to interpolated x256 microstepping on the Duet WiFi with TMC2660 drivers. The noisiest component...

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3D Printer extruder review

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Bajdi wrote up a review of 3D Printer extruder: End of last year I decided to build a new 3D printer. At that time I already owned a very cheap Chinese Prusa I3 printer, it worked, but wasn’t a very reliable machine and it was dead slow. As I did not...

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DIY pocket laser engraver

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Photon printer, a 3D printable laser engraver build using DVD drives by Isolt: This is an entry for the Light It Up contest on the grounds that a laser diode is a specialised form on light emitting diode. The Photon Printer started out as a quick weekend project then quickly escalated...

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openSAM: a 3D-printed open source camera stabilizer

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

OpenSAM by OHM - a 3D Printed Camera Stabilizer: Welcome to OpenSAM, our 3Dprinted self-built three Axis stabilizer. It is handheld and the entire mechanical construct is built using 3D printed parts. Brushless motors ensure the camera is stable and they can be controlled using a joystick. The design is...

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An almost reliable, high precision, 3D printer: Son of MegaMax (SoM)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Mark Rehorst wrote this instructable detailing the build of his 3D printer - Son of MegaMax (SoM): I built my first 3D printer, MegaMax, using surplus machine parts over a period of about 2 years. I built it myself because when I started the project, the biggest build envelope you could get in...

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Arduino-assisted automatic 3D printed tea maker

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

If the earlier Arduino projects weren't your cup of tea, try out this Automatic 3D Printed Tea Brewer. 24 Hour Engineer Brian McEvoy designed this project which uses the Arduino to control a servo which dunks the tea bag for a predetermined length of time for perfect brew control. The...

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3D printable robot arm

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Andreas Hölldorfer of ChaozLabs has written up documentation on his 3D printable robot arm:  It is inspired by well known industrial robots but 3D printed. The overall goal is to build a nearly entirely printable and cheap robot arm with at least 5 degrees of freedom. Check out the videos...

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3D printing pen

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Jason Poel Smith posted a tutorial on 3D printing pens and how to use them, instructable here: How Does it Work? Like all 3D printing devices, a 3D printing pen works by heating a plastic filament to its melting point and forcing it through an extruder tip. This is very similar...

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Build a 16 million color WiFi-controlled LED lamp

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Tom Van den Bon and Sebastian Schocke of Binary Space, a makerspace in the Vaal Triangle, have put together this build challenge for their members. For December at Binary Space we wanted to do something a cheerful and colourful. We got together to design and build a low power LED...

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EWaste 60$ 3D printer

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

A 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...

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SpeakerGen – parametric 3d printed speaker enclosures

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Rich Olson writes, "I just put together an OpenSCAD script that can generate optimized loudspeaker enclosures based on driver's audio parameters. Intent of course is to 3d print speaker enclosures..." For more information visit Rich's NothingLabs blog. Via the contact form.

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DIY Delta-3D printer

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Vegardpaulsen posted pictures of his DIY Delta-3d printer build: I have had my trusty Makerbot Thing-o-matic 3d printer for over 3 years, and its time to move on to a bigger, better one, as the cost of buing spareparts on the old one gets higher every day. The trouble of repairing the...

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DIY 3D printer project

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

  Nerdipedia documented a 3D printer build, called Huey: This is not a general purpose 3D printer. It is the size of a small chest freezer and has a expected build volume over 200 litres. It uses eight drive motors and may require a lot of setting up compared to...

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DiyouPCB low-cost PCB printer for photoresist

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Charlie and Victor from Diyouware write, About a year ago my brother and I engaged on a quixotic project to build from scratch a low-cost PCB printer for photoresist. Finally we did it using a Blue Ray optical pickup (PHR-803T) and his UV laser/electronics to sensitize Dry-film. The optical pickup...

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An open source, $2000, metal 3-D printer

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Open-source metal 3-D printer: This paper reports on the development of a <$2000 open-source metal 3-D printer. The metal 3-D printer is controlled with an open-source micro-controller and is a combination of a low-cost commercial gas-metal arc welder and a derivative of the Rostock, a deltabot RepRap. The bill of...

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Portabee GO 3D printer

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Daniel and the Portabee team inform us of their new 3D printer, the Portabee GO. Paving the way in the 'laptop class' of 3D printer, the new Portabee is foldable and robust. Improvements in accuracy and usability accompany our radical new form factor. We are extremely pleased to present our...

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