Search This Blog

Thursday, 17 April 2014

My journey into building a 3d printer from old printer parts

Just because I've got nothing better to do with all my free time....

I got looking at all of the various DIY 3D printers on the market, and got wondering to myself... 

Why are there not many hobbyists re-using old All-In-One or Multifunction printers to scavenge parts from? 

My gut feel provides two answers.... 
  1. Many people have tried and failed...  but I see little evidence of this through Google searches.  
  2. The various RepRap kits have made it both affordable and technically possible through decent and thorough documentation to build from a kit, thus no need to do it completely from scratch.


Further research into true DIY 3D printers, finally led me to this incredible project out of Africa, building a 3D printer from recycled electronics.



Then I got looking at this DIY 3D printer below , and decided that I need to at least try this.



I visited Kijiji.ca  and did a search on cheap Multifunction Printers in my area.

I immediately purchased a functional Brother MFC-7340   for $25

And a Canon Pixma MG-3520 All-In-One Scanner/Printer *NEW in Box* for $20


Between these two printers, I should be able to scavenge the X/Y bed from the scanner intact. Including linear bearings, rods, steppers, gears and belts.   I will leave the dimensions as is.  I know it will be a bit strange, but...  This entire project is a bit strange.

I should also be able to get two Z axis steppers, linear rods/bearings gears and belts as well.  I will have to fashion a sturdy support  from T-Slot extrusion...

To that end,  I purchased some 80/20 T-Slot aluminum extrusion for $40







Then there are the parts that I KNOW that I cannot (should not!) make myself. 

The Electronics will be purchased according to RepRap specifications
              Electronics:  $140  or on   Ebay for $100?

I will purchase and install a prefab Extruder with Hot end:    $95

And will listen to the various recommendations for using a Heated bed:  $25

Total budget?

2x recycled printers     $  50
T-Slot framing             $  40
Electronics                   $140
Extruder                       $100
Heated Bed                  $  25

Total:                           $355

Yes, I know I can get a PrintrBot for $300, but mine will be significantly larger... 

...and I hope I'll learn more than just frustration along the way.   (Yes, I also know there will be frustration to share)


Whether I succeed or fail... I will document the journey here, in photos and possibly some video.

Wish me luck...

If you have tips, recommendations, whatever, please feel free to leave a comment below.  (Just don't tell me I'm an id10t ...  My wife has well informed me on that aspect...)





References:

http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap
http://hackaday.com/2013/04/30/scratch-built-3d-printer-shows-rock-solid-performance/
http://hackaday.com/2013/04/05/h-bot-style-3d-printer-moves-bed-for-z-axis/
http://www.popsci.com/article/diy/check-out-3-d-printer-made-e-waste
http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.ca/2013/05/wafate-african-3d-printer-out-of.html
http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/08/243951594/for-a-few-hundred-bucks-you-can-make-your-own-3-d-printer
http://www.instructables.com/id/Harvesting-parts-from-a-Laser-Printer/
http://www.grassrootsengineering.com/blog/mymachine/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/printrbot/printrbot-your-first-3d-printer
http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-projects/3d-printers-diy-plans-and-build-instructions.html
http://3dprinters.ws/ord-bot-quantum/
http://inhabitat.com/portabee-launches-portable-robust-affordable-3d-printer-for-under-500/
http://www.techthefuture.com/featured/build-your-own-3d-printer-1-%E2%80%94-repraps-improved/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing
http://www.tridimake.com/2012/10/homemade-heated-bed.html
http://el34world.com/Misc/Cnc/CNC21.htm
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Glow-3D-Printer/
http://makezine.com/projects/eventorbot-open-source-diy-3d-printer/
http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters/?a=DIY%20kit
http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/11/08/243951594/for-a-few-hundred-bucks-you-can-make-your-own-3-d-printer


My local 3D printer supply company:  (local being an hour or so away...)

http://www.mixshop.com/index.php?main_page=contact_us&zenid=9jh0gbklv4to338i1fmb1abp13
http://www.mixshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=147


Contact Us:Address:
Unit 121, 2400 Midland Avenue, Toronto, ON Canada M1S 5C1

Workshop: 1 (416) 792-8388
Sales & Support: sales@mixshop.com / support@mixshop.com - Hang Zhuo
3D Printing Services: 3d-printing@mixshop.com - Tong He
Other Inquiry: info@mixshop.com - Jing Guo






5 comments:

  1. This site is really cool! I found here alot of information that I was looking for. I am really happy to be a part of This site! formosareviewzone

    ReplyDelete
  2. I was scrolling the internet like every day, there I found this article which is related to my interest. The way you covered the knowledge about the subject and the 2 bhk flats in bhopal was worth to read, it undoubtedly cleared my vision and thoughts towards B 3 bhk flats in bhopal. Your writing skills and the way you portrayed the examples are very impressive. The knowledge about 4 bhk flats in bhopal is well covered. Thank you for putting this highly informative article on the internet which is clearing the vision about top builders in Bhopal and who are making an impact in the real estate sector by building such amazing townships.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hello Sir/Madam,

    Are you a Photographer, E-Commerce site owner, Online Retailer or Store personnel, Advertising Agency, Printing company, and Graphic Design Agency? Need expert and experienced Image / ecommerce photo editingservices? Feel free to Request your Quote.

    I am a Photo editing online service provider. With 5 years of experience,I’ve become one of the leading Photo editing service Projects. With a combination of expert image manipulator I provide high end quality Photo editing services that includes My in-depth knowledge, long experience, and production availability in these services at per Image

    Professional image manipulation & Image masking(1.5$)

    Photoshop Clipping Path{(Basic-Complex) 0.30$-5$}

    Background removal of Product/People(0.25-1$)

    Photo/ Glamour retouching{2- 5.99$}

    Photo enhancement(2.15$-5.99$)

    Photo restoration(2$)

    Advertisement & magazine design(5-15$)

    Raster to Vector conversion(2$)

    Drop/Natural/Reflect Shadow(.25-.50$)

    product photo editing etc
    make me unique. I offer free trial service to take final decisions to provide you the best quality bulk ecommerce photo editing services 24/7 days with a low price.Contact me!!


    Regards

    Carddesignrr


    ReplyDelete
  4. thank you for your blog. your blog very informative and giving high-quality facts. I've seen an internet site that provides me fine Raster To Vector at a totally affordable cost.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you so much, for such an amazing blog. I enjoyed every single part of it. I was looking for Raster to Vector conversioin services and then suddenly I saw Digit-it.com. Literally, I was amazed by their Raster to Vector conversion services and I also prefer everyone to at least give them a try once.

    ReplyDelete