May 31, 2013

Interview with Sublime, creator of 3d printable lathe

Interview with Sublime, the creator of Tantillus on his 3d printable lathe. Nice little tool. Compostable also :.)


You can find plans and downloads for lathe on:

DIY 3d printed rotating platform with actuator for timelapse photography

Ideal for my girlfriend who is into photography. I'll build it when I have time.

From description:
A platform (5cm radius) and a fitting 3-arm-actuator which is connected to a stepper motor with a 5mm coupler and runs on a base made of foamboard.
The platform has 3 holes to fix small bearings for smoother moving.
Controlled with an Arduino, a stepper motor board and a gear stepper motor with 2048 steps per round.

There are no detailed instuction, but it doesn't look too complicated.

May 30, 2013

3D printing a human kidney

Surgeon Antony Atala on medical advancements in human organ engineering. Printing on a patient directly and 3d printed kidney!  Future is developing in front of us folks (still early alpha phase)

Automatic bed leveling on Mini Kossel

From video description:
This is a very early demo of an automatic bed leveling Z probe for Mini Kossel with modified Marlin firmware. The Z probe is an allen wrench that is automatically deployed and retracted. When deployed, it activates an Omron SS-5 micro switch on the end effector.

Project history:

Here is a post about Mini Kossel printer itself:

Deezmaker Bukito and Bukobot

Deezmaker Bukito 3d Printer Flipped Upside Down while Printing

May 27, 2013

How does diy 3d printing improve your life?

If someone asks you what is diy 3d printing good for, just show them this short video. It is very down-to-earth and without hype.

Video made by: (kudos!)

LAYBRICK - new 3d printing filament

Amazing new filament from Kai Parthy who also developed Laywoo -3d.

From product description:

a new Filament - for huge objects / architecture models
(use the entire space of your jumbo printer) 
Size of the object in video:
30 x 20 x 2 cm 11.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
- very rough surface, near sandstone
- ink-able, grindable
- stics well on print bed, no heated bed necessary
- contains superfine milled natural mineralic fillers and
- harmless co-polyesters
- for architecture models / landscapes
- ideal for jumboprinters
- near zero warp !!!
- print temp: 165°C to 210°C, smooth to rough surface, 165°C less to 210°C more oozing
- you may print layer-thickness from 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm
- slicing: object fill max. 25%, fan needs to be on
- code M227 f.e. S:30000 P 10000
- wait after printing until object is hardened, then remove it from platform
- temperature stabile to about 70° Celsius
Laybrick: beta-version available at
Germany : look for filaments
and ebay: search LAYBRICK
other dealers all over the world are welcome!
beta version: means that the grey colour of the filament may change in nuances, the filament is also a little maiden, it may brake while bending, you should be sure (especially during a long print) that you can feed a broken part of filament again in your printer.
It´s recommended to print in rooms with min. 20° Celsius. Colder more brittle)

It is sold here (this blog is in no way affiliated with it) for 17 € per 0,25 kg:

May 26, 2013

W.afate african 3d printer out of electronic waste development project

Africa is dumping ground for electronic waste from western world. This project wants to make 3d printer form up-cycled / recycled PC parts. If it works it will be revolutionary and open whole new areas of economic development. Best of luck to the them!

Old PC case as frame for RepRap based 3d printer.


Unknown pleasures album art 3d printed

Iconic "Joy Division" "Unknown pleasures" album art 3d printed.

You can find files at:

Interview with Tantillus 3d printer creator

Interesting interview by tempusmaster  with Brad who created Tantillus 3d printer.

May 24, 2013

Update on VirtuRange DIY LIDAR

He got the first pointcloud.

From video description:

This is the first test of the VirtuRange DIY LIDAR 3D Scanner. A Laser Rangefinder is mounted on two stepper motors. The motors are controlled by an Arduino. A Python script reads the distance from the rangefinder and calculates the pointcloud from the position of the stepper motors.

Maker Faire 2013 short video

News bits from Maker Faire 2013 by Tech Feed.

ModelBox turns a 3D model into a series of 2D images you print on acetate and set into a frame to cheaply and quickly prototype/simulate the 3D object; Zebra Images turns 3D models into holograms; and Lynx Laboratories demos its all-in-one 3D scanner.

Baby's life saved with 3d printed implant

Saving life of babies. Story of true power of 3d printing. 3d printed part will be absorbed by body after time.

May 23, 2013

Mataerial thermosetting polymers 3d printing

Mataerial by Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić and Joris Laarman Studio from Dezeen on Vimeo.

Plastic extruded from this robotic 3D printer solidifies instantly, allowing it to draw freeform shapes in the air extending from any surface.

Unlike normal 3D printers that require a flat and horizontal base, Mataerial prints with plastic that sticks to horizontal, vertical, smooth or irregular surfaces, without the need for additional support structures.

Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić from Barcelona's Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia worked with the studio of Dutch designer Joris Laarman to develop the machine and system.

The process, which the designers call "anti-gravity object modelling", is a form of extrusion that instantly creates chunky three-dimensional rods, rather than slowly building up two-dimensional layers like a standard 3D printer.

"One of the key innovations of anti-gravity object modelling is the use of thermosetting polymers instead of thermoplastics that are used in existing 3D printers," explained the designers.

A chemical reaction between the two components of the thermosetting polymer causes the material to solidify as it comes out of the nozzle, making it possible to print hanging curves.

The speed of extrusion is dependent on factors such as the desired thickness of the material, but in this example the printer produced one metre in approximately three minutes. The movie's frame rate was increased up to three times to show the process more quickly.


Update (21.2.2014.):

It can now print with metal:

May 22, 2013

Type A Machines Series 1 Pro prototype

Just a prototype, but it looks cool. WiFi printing included.

Type A Machines presentation

Type A Machines interview, demo and presentation. They show their linux web printing platform and give good sales pitch. They announce metal case and up to four filament feeds. Very solid interview, especially for the beginners in 3d printing.

Polar 3D printer / mill / scanner

WOW! SCARA based DIY machine that combines 3d printer, mill and 3d scanner. Looks amazing and very smooth. Information is very limited ....

I think that SCARA arm is moving the print bed and not the print head like in RepRap Morgan.

May 17, 2013

Tumaker Voladora Desktop 3D printer

From the Basque Country in Spain comes the Tumaker Voladora.


Print volume: 25x25x20cm (12.5 liters approx)
Layers thickness: High: < 100 micron; Average: 200 micron - 250 micron
Filament Diameter: 3mm
Diameter of nozzle (Nozzle): 0.4mm
Printing Materials: ABS, PLA, Nylon, etc
Dual extruder
Heated bed (Optional)

Software Package: Slic3r, repitier-host, Pronterface
Firmware: Marlin
File Type:. STL. OBJ, AMF
OS Compatibility: Microsoft Windows (XP/7/8) Linux, Mac OS X
Software languages: Basque, Spanish, English

Power supply: 100-220v-2amp, 50-60Hz
Connectivity: USB, SD Card
Priced between €1,500 ($1,945) and €1,800 ($2,334) depending on which accessories are included. v4 metal hot end

From product pages:

Price: 99 EUR
It comes either with 0.35mm or 0.5mm nozzle. Additional nozzles can be ordered.
Note: It is assembled and for 3mm filament.

May 16, 2013

E3D v4 hot end

I was just searching for full metal hot ends, I found two models I didn't know about before. First is E3D v4, priced at £39.00.
Someone should do comparison review of available hot ends and how they affect print quality.

From the product page:

Custom stainless insulated actively cooled Hot-End - Contains no PEEK or PTFE, all metal design will withstand temperatures well in excess of that ever required for thermoplastic extrusion. Extremely mechanically strong.

This update to our previous design uses fewer parts, offers much better cooling, is more easily assembled and is directly compatible with standard 16mm extruder bodies. All CNC-machined parts assure quality and accuracy.

This hot-end has been tested to beyond 400 degrees centigrade, all heated parts are either steel, aluminium or brass. By using stainless steel insulation and active cooling we have reduced the distance in which the plastic transitions from ambient temperatures to extrusion temperatures to 2mm. An extremely short transition from cold filament to molten plastic provides highly precise extrusion with little extrusion force.

The fully assembled hot end emulates J-Head style mounting, and should fit most extruder bodies accordingly.

We can ship this to anywhere in the world.

With the DIY version you will receive.

Aluminium heatsink, stainless steel heat break, Brass nozzle (0.4mm), heater block, 100K ohm NTC thermistor, 12v 40W ceramic cartridge heater, 30mm axial fan, Fan housing (printed ABS), 150mm high temp silicone wire, 50mm PTFE heat shrink, Kapton tape, and a fixing kit.

With the fully Built version you will receive.

A fully built, ready to rock, E3D-v4 HotEnd. We have done all the hard work for you; we will even fix the thermistor in place using fire cement. Just plug in and play.


If you want to cool this extruder with liquid, here is the modification:

New RepRapPro Hot end

RepRapPro has new hot end out.

From the product page:

  • The stainless barrel and brass nozzle have been comined into a one piece stainless steel nozzle to speed up assembly time.
  • The hot end resistor has now been replaced by a heater cartridge. This eliminates the need for fettling the holes in the heated block, and makes for a much more reliable heating element
  • We are now having our own custom heatsinks manufactured, with holes drilled by the manufacturer before annodising resulting in a neater heatsink.
  • All fans now come with colour coded wires for easier assembly.
  • Double coil spring washers are now included in every hot end kit for height adjustment should you wish to upgrade to a Tricolour machine.

The kit includes:

  • 4mm OD PTFE tube
  • Polyolefin (black) heatshrink
  • PTFE heatshrink (clear)
  • 100k Thermistor
  • Bowden start
  • Bowden end
  • Heater block
  • 0.5mm One piece nozzle
  • PTFE liner
  • Tapered nut
  • Heatsink block
  • Double coil spring washer
  • Fan + Heatsink
  • Cartridge Heater
  • 0.1" crimp terminals
  • 10-way male header
  • Cap Screws
  • Price: £35.9

UP Plus 2 3D printer

By Delta Micro (PP3DP), announced for June 1st.

From the product announcement: 

UP Plus 2 is an upgraded desktop 3D printer based on its flagship product UP! Plus, and it is designed to provide easier printing experience for general public. People who are using 3D printer on the market always need to tinker with their printer, and find it too complicated to fine tuning the machine before have it working properly to print a good part. With the newly introduced automatic platform calibration system, Delta Micro Factory (PP3DP) continues to lead the 3D printing trend and delivers a friendlier 3D printer, UP Plus 2, for everybody that requires very little knowledge of 3D printing.

With the announcement with UP Plus 2, Delta Micro Factory (PP3DP) also released its latest UP software version 1.19. The upgraded software includes features like:

Thin surface printing.
Pause printing at a certain height.
Shell printing on Mac
Various bug fixes and other usability improvements.

UP Plus 2 will be priced at $1649

Panther 3D printer

Yet another FFF 3D printer is on the market. It is the Panther from Singapore, big brother of the Portabee.


Price: 960 $
High quality Linear Guideways with special grade stainless steel on all axes provide high positional accuracy, extremely smooth motion, long life and fantastic reliability.

Machine Resolution / Positional Accuracy
X & Y: 0.025mm / 25 microns
Z: 0.005mm / 5 microns
Aluminium Chassis
Composed from rigid aluminium components & stainless steel hardware – rigid, strong, more resistant to climatic factors such as humidity and temperature changes as well as corrosion and warpage.
PLA & ABS Extrusion
Direct thermoplastic extruder compatible with 1.75mm diameter PLA and ABS plastic. Extrusion system features a spring-loaded ball bearing tensioner system for reliable thermoplastic flow control.

Heated print-bed
Heated print-bed with software temperature setting for greater flexibility – can be simply turned off if not required (eg. for non-heated platform printing with kapton tape).
Precision Components
Precision trapezoidal four start lead screw employed on Z axis
2GT belt drive system on X and Y axes
0.4mm printing nozzle
Build Volume202mm (X) x 162mm (Y) x 157mm (Z) / 5.1 Litres

May 15, 2013

Small 3d printed wind power generator with modular cells

DIY 3d printed small wind generators could be breakthrough in small wind power sector, since it simplifies and decentralizes production and enables usage of biodegradable and on-the-spot recyclable materials such as PLA plastics.

Project description: 

Small low power 3 phase A.C. / D.C. generator designed for low energy applications using wind or water power. The generator is stackable allowing you to build up a working system of multiple modules to provide the voltage or current required. Connecting a module in parrallel boosts the current and connecting in series boosts the voltage.

Wind generator blades and generator cells are 3d printed.

Low RPM Axial Flux Generator Cell v3 by 001tech

Update (20.8.2014.):
Polish company is working on 3d printable open source modular design for DIY wind power system:

3d printing and lost PLA metal casting tutorials

Lost PLA casting tutorial 1 by 3DTOPO:

3DTOPO gives extensive video tutorial on entire metal casting process with lost PLA method including how to use 3d printer to create molds. Wax was used for this purpose traditionally, but 3d printed objects are easy to make and PLA is easy to melt on high temperatures. Stay safe kids!

You can find more details and photo build log on the project homepage: At that page you can find the entire process explained trough step-by-step guide of casting aluminum parts to mount focusing lens for DIY 150W CO2 cutting laser. You can go from CAD models to a full aluminum parts in one day.

3d object with casting channels where molten aluminum will be pored in

Final aluminum piece mounted on laser cutter

Here is tutorial on same method, used on smaller scale for jewelry production for bronze pendant:


Someone developed a method for lost PLA metal casting where you can use home microwave:

Lost PLA casting tutorial video 2 by YT user "aonemarine":

This video is one hour long but it is very detailed overview of the entire process of casting various metal objects with lost PLA:

RepRap Morgan build files released!

Congratulations! South African SCARA will soon be on many tables,

Files are released at :

Complete build documentation and instructions are to follow:


Build guide is posted:

DIY Ultimaker heat chamber

Here is a great project by thingiverse user thingster.
He upgraded his Ultimaker with heat chamber he designed and built. He claims great results and large ABS prints with minimal warping.

Similar, less sophisticated,  project:

Update (8.3.2014.):

here is new project with multiple acrylic sheets:

May 13, 2013

VirtuRange DIY LIDAR 3D scanner

DIY LIDAR!!! :-) From SF and military to your garage ...
Looks like its more suitable to scan surrounding structure (rooms etc.) then single objects.

May 12, 2013

Low cost 3d print glass bed

Low-cost alternative for borosilicate glass print bed. Kapton tape covered dollar store mirrors.


Update (6.5.2014.):

Here is another low cost solution: 3d printer build platform made from iPad replacement glass

First flight of fully 3d printed model sailpane

All the files and instructions to make it can be found at:

Guided filament winder

For those special occasions when you need to wind your home made filament. Mr. Ian Johnson  has the solution.

Extensive guides and file downloads:


3d printed music box

... nice ... is there a choice of melodies? ...

there is! ... limited ...

May 11, 2013


Self folding 3d printed robot with add-on eletronics and motors ... looks like early concept, very early ...

Archery bow made from 3d printed parts and old skis

Here is a DIY longbow made from a pair of old skis that are used for limbs and some 3d printed parts. Looks like usable shooting bow.

Here is more complex DIY compound bow made with plexyglass rods and 3d printed mechanical parts.

May 8, 2013

3d printing DIY hand prostethics

True power of 3d printing: DIY prosthetics.

When Richard Van As, a woodworker in South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers, it wasn't just for fun. He'd lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate work accident. For a carpenter, a disabled hand is a big professional risk, so Richard decided on the day of the incident that he would use the tools available to him to remedy his situation. Watch the inspiring video above to hear how Richard's project, Robohand, is changing lives with patience, spirit, and a MakerBot Replicator 2.

Cerberus 3d printer working with Viki LCD and reading from SD card

Video showing Cerberus 3d printer using Viki LCD and printing form SD card.

How-to from video description:

Explanation for how to enable the sd card reader on a Viki when used in conjunction with Azteeg X3.

The X3 schematic is available at­ng_diagram.pdf
The Viki schematic is available at­ions.pdf

For Repetier 0.8.2 firmware the following changes are required.

Disable the onboard X3 SD card by removing J12 jumper on back of X3

Connect viki CS to X3 EXP1 D53
Connect viki CD to X3 EXP1 D49
Connect viki 'miso' to pin1 of X3 ICSP Header (DO)
Connect Viki 'Sck' to pin3 of X3 ICSP Header (CLK)
Connect Viki 'mosi' to pin4 of X3 ICSP Header (DI)
Be careful to get it right because the ICSP header has 5v on pin 2 and gnd on pin 6.

Button (BTN) is still not defined in firmware so leave it disconnected

Repetier Firmware 0.82.2 changes:

This is for AZTEEG X3 controller! Other controllers may have different pin definitions!

In configuration.h file set 
#define SDSUPPORT true
//#define SDCARDDETECT -1 (comment this line out)


In pins.h file set: (in the motherboard == 34 section)
#define RAMPS_V_1_3
#define SDPOWER -1
#define SDSS 53

#ifdef AZTEEG_X3
#define SDSUPPORT true

ReyRap DIY 3d printer

Made as a end thesis project. Not much info is available, but it looks like it has a closed chamber of some kind, maybe heat chamber? Lot of printing with support struts ...

May 5, 2013

DIY 3d printed gear bearing

Makibox - 200$ 3d printer

At 200 USD this is probably the cheapest 3d printer on the market. 200 $ A& LT model comes without heat print bed, for that you need to pay extra 100 $ for A6 HT model.  I don't know what is their delivery time or build quality but it looks interesting.
Company is Hong Kong based and they look very dedicated and professional.
Their founder Jonathan Buford keeps detailed video blog about their advancements and project updates.

From MakiBox webpage:

The MakiBox A6 LT has been designed to be the best of both worlds, affordable and dependable. It comes with a frosted acrylic printing bed that is suitable for PLA and similar lower temperature plastics. All MakiBox kits come partially assembled. They have been designed to be more simple with less parts and very little configuration.

Even though it is inexpensive, it contains some impressive technology. The MakiBox hot end (the part that makes the plastic hot) is the most compact and efficient in the market today. This makes it possible to make this printer small but with a large output. Even though the MakiBox A6 is one quarter the size or less than most 3D printers on the market, it prints out parts as large as 110mm x 150mm x 90mm (X,Y,Z).

This MakiBox A6 LT uses PLA 1.75mm filament, which can be found in most markets or purchased from

Outside Dimensions: 290mm wide x 235mm deep x 235mm tall
Printing Output: 150mm wide x 110mm deep x 90mm tall
Positional Resolution: 0.04mm (full step resolution) in XYZ, output resolution depends on output speed and nozzle size.
Movement System: Drive Screws (8mm movement per rotation) and Stepper Motors
Nozzle: 0.4mm Default, 0.3mm and 0.5mm available
Drive Electronics: Printrboard Rev B with MakiBox Firmware

Kit contains:
1 MakiBox A6 Frame
4 Stepper Motors with Drive Shafts
1 Controller Board
1 60W or higher power supply (100V-220V AC)
1 Hot End with 0.4mm diameter output
1 Acrylic Print Bed
1 Clear Acrylic Casing
0.5kg of PLA 1.75mm Filament, Assorted Color

Specifications and photos for reference, and may change.
Current lead time is 6-10 weeks plus shipping time.

May 4, 2013

DIY 3d printer made from scrap electronic parts

Mario Lukas is behind this recycling and DIY masterpiece. He made fully functioning 3d printer out of various electronic scrap parts including old inkjet printer and flatbed scanner.

Here is the English translation of his web page in German via Google Translate.

Here is the video of it:

Update (21.5.2014.):

Here is another guide how to make Delta type 3d printer from old paper printer parts:

Compilation of very detailed guides:

Cube hacked to use standard filament

I always disliked concept of Cube printer and its proprietary cartridges. This guy hacked the Cube to enable you to use standard filament. Kudos!
In-depth tutorial:

May 2, 2013

Cerberus 3D printer using GeoMag magnetic effectors

Experimental magnetic ball joint design using GeoMags with 10 mm steel ball bearings. The printer is also sporting three new 15 mm OD filament drive reels running 65 lb test Spectra filament with 4 windings.

BerryBot Delta 3d printer and thermal containment unit

Impressive looking delta 3d printer by Mr. Berry

Tech specs from video description:
  • A one off, designed by Werner Berry
  • Platen 14"
  • Build volume 2460 sq inches.
  • Zero lash ball joints fully capable of 50 micron LH prints.
  • The hot end can be popped off the magnets (disconnected) and re-installed in less than 15 seconds. Nice for working on or color changes.
  • Filament reel mounted on top the top deck out of the way (Horizontally)
  • A simple minimal part count filament feeder that is mounted with magnets and can be removed in less then 10 seconds.
  • All aluminum frame designed with maximum cooling of the stepper motors and electronics.
  • A long cable attached LCD SD card control panel also mounted with magnets removable or mounted in 2 seconds.
  • A fully adjustable preload, highly efficient, inexpensive, structural linear rail system.
  • A rapid heat 110 volt platen.
  • Easy micro adjustable top limit switches. 
  • Integrated LED strip lighting for great illumination.

Here is his DIY thermal containment add-on. I haven't seen this kind of improvised heat chamber for prevention of warping anywhere else. He also shows printed results. Great stuff!

Update: The Dimple Die Zero-Lash Magnetic Joint End Effector

Update 2: Huge model built with almost no warping

May 1, 2013

Velleman K8200 3d printer

Here is yet another new 3d printer from Europe by Velleman company which is in retail business (electronics, DIY, hobbies, tools, etc.).

  • Price: 699 €
  • Print speed: 150 to 300 mm / s
  • Print resolution: X, Y: 0.5 mm; Z: 0.2-0.25 mm.
  • Linear ball bearings 8 and 10 mm
  • Weight: 8.7 kg
  • Printer dimension: (l x w x h) 600 x 450 x 600 mm
  • Capable of printing objects of max. 200 x 200 x 200 mm using ABS wires or PLA 3mm
  • Compatible with open source software and firmware
  • Made with aluminum profiles, designed for joint implantation
  • Heated bed

Update: Even after some time, not much more information is available, but here is video review of the printer however it is in Dutch.

Update 2: Some new videos are up for this printer

Assembly video, it took the guy 25 hours to assemble the Velleman K8200
Video by:

Velleman k8200 kit content and unboxing
Video by:

Assembly video by Conrad NL, it took them 12 hours to do it

This youtube user had some problems and defective parts delivered. Belt drives and bolt adapters were bent and misaligned which caused motor and belt axes to wobble. Some comments under his videos say it is not difficult to correct, I'm not convinced. Maybe transport related defect or manufacturing error.

Update 3:

Here are information and files for upgrading and improving your Velleman K8200 by skyreacher79

Z-holder base and holder:

Update 4:

here is Skyreacher79s video guide on printing with multiple colors on single extruder Velleman K8200 printer:

DIY enclosure for your Velleman K8200:

Update 5:

You can upgrade you K8200 into desktop cnc mill / drill:

Here is one more detailed construction and building guide for Velleman k8200:

Update 6:

Here is the next generation Velleman Vertex K8400 3d printer: