I allows the user to print (almost)anything he/she could imagine!
But there fairly expensive.
Of course you could buy a cheap pre made one for $200, but the print area is pretty small, and the quality isn’t the best.
on the order end of the scale theirs the other famous printer, but its $2199.
So what to do, spend a lot of money for good prints, or less for lesser quality?
OR build your own!!
In my search for a printer a I stumbled upon the term RepRap.
RepRap stand for: ‘replicating rapid prototyper’
in other words, a printer that could prints its self.
The most stead forward design is the ‘Mendel’,
it consists of a basic tie angle frame, with 4 stepper motor for the X,Y,Z movement.
Step 1: What’s 3d printing?
A 3D printer deposits little drops/line of molten plastic from a headed tip(nozzle).
in most cases it melts ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or PLA(Polylactic acid, made from corn starch or sugarcane).
on contact with the surrounding air, in cools down into a solid state.
The printer moves its nozzle in 3 ways to deposits the plastic in a 3D model.
it begins on the bottom and lays down plastic layer by layer, resulting in a full shape.
How smaller the lines its deposits, how smoother the print would be.
Step 2: Make or Buy?
it’s easy, but somewhat more expensive, and less fun :)
if you’d buy a kit, there’s a whole manual available on the internet.
It is also possible to by a pre made, assembled printer.
A good one starts an 1200 Dollar
But I wanted to build my own, just because I can.