The 3d printer that i am about to show you how to build is not only one of the most affordable printers, but also is on of the most simplistic. Anyone can build the Deltatwister! You don't need any 3d printed parts or cnc machine to make this printer...Everything except the extruder can be made using hand tools like I did. Being 15 years of age i designed and built this 3d printer. Practically anyone with basic mechanical skills can build their own Delta Twister! Having a print volume of over 1000 cubic inches this printer really has it all...for only $400 compared to $800-3000. If you like what you see then please vote for me! I would really appreciate it.


Step 1: Gathering Your Materials

You will need:
(1)Ramps v1.4 circuit board with drivers
(1)Arduino mega 2560 circuit board
(3) 36" 8mm linear rods
(6) 8mm linear bearings
(2) 3/8 in wooden dowel rods(4 feet each)
(12) 8mm rod ends
(4) nema 17 stepper motors
(3) stepper pulleys for a 5mm shaft
(1) 6M legnth of belt that fits your pulley
(1) rep rap heated bed.
(3) 3d printer endstops
(1) pc powersupply.
(3) computer fans
(1) j-head printhead
(1) extruder with a bowden tube(airtripper has a good unit).

(1)Meter of 1.75 mm Teflon tubing

This should total out to well under $400.

<p>using wood is a great idea, the only problem is trying to replicate the structure. with wood it can be difficult... I am finishing up my own printer in fact, although I have taken great efforts to ensure the measurements are very close and every part moves smoothly and has recoil tolerance to ensure maximum accuracy and high resolution. this is key if you want pieces to be close to specification and high quality. I have used lightweight steel shelving brackets for parts of the structure. this might cost more and take more time to engineer... but is stronger and lighter. hot glue is something which could be used as well as long as it isn't near parts which will become hotter. it works well to transfer heat to metal parts too. </p>
<p>Good thoughts! thank you. Good luck with your build!</p>
<p>I have to thank for sharing this build with the world! I love this design - started building this afternoon: got the legs don, reinforced them with 3/4 x 1.4 stifffeners in the middle outside, cut the base and top out - I can't wait to get it finished!!! I do have some questions: I noticed the upper rod supports are 1&quot; as called out but your pictures show the lower supports as being quite a bit longer. How long are they? And How far is it from the bottom of the legs to the top of the base? And from the top of the legs to the top of the top?</p><p>Thank you!!!</p>
<p>Followed concept to produce this</p>
<p>Hello Graemepeek,</p><p>can you share the firmware, circuit diagram please,</p><p>also if i make change to the length in any of the measurement here, do i have to change anything in the firmware, </p><p>also the circuit diagram says X, Y, Z motors, are they irrelevant to a delta printer, or which one is X, Y, Z?</p>
<p>The firmware is the standard grbl code.</p><p><a href="https://github.com/grbl/grb">https://github.com/grbl/grb</a></p><p>I did change the lengths in the firmware (look at config.h for most settings)</p><p>wire up the motors as XYZ ( i mounted them in that order around the frame) but they act as one due to the kinematics, so for example a z move all three would operate. </p>
<p>That is awesome! It looks much more well done than my machine:) How is the print quality? </p>
<p>Hello,</p><p>if i change the length of the arms that carries the hot end, do i have to change anything in the firmware or will calibration take care of this?</p>
<p>I want to just increase the printing bed area the height is fine of the printer I'm looking at purchasing.</p>
<p>any ideas on what I should do</p>
can you please send me the link from where you bought carbon fiber tubes
<p>Is there any way we could get a bigger version of the wiring diagram? My eyes aren't as great as they used to be, and that diagram is tiny. That being said, this is a beautiful build, and I am very impressed with your skills at 15. I'm excited to build this.</p>
<p>Went to the wiki and got large copy of the diagram for anyone interested.</p>
pretty cool man. where did you get the Rod ends at? or what are they called I need something juet like it for my kossel im building.
<p>I am in the process of building my own delta printer and using your instructable as a guide. So far buying everything open source and as affordable as I can i've spent only $169.63 for the electronics and attempting to hold my frame to parts on hand only thing i have left to find/purchase/make is the extruder with bowden tube.</p>
<p>Hi there first i got to say grate inscrutable, and im hoping to be making one soon, there is only one thing i dont get in your parts list you say you only need 3 x 36&quot; 8mm linear rods but then you got onto say cut the rods to just under 29&quot;, but you would need 6 of these rods but i dont see how you would get 6 x 29&quot; rod from 3 x 36&quot; rods or am i missing you something thanks, i looks ford to trying to make a printer as good as yours </p>
<p>Love the minimalism of this project. What are the tolerances like?</p>
<p>The tolerances are not the best, as I used unsupported plastic in the arm carriage. and the printhead carriage was not held very well</p>
<p>Hi there, just want to say what a great instructable, this is the first home built 3D printer of this type i have ever seen, i have seen a couple of kit type 3D printers of this design but they cost up in the thousands.</p><p>You did a great job making it you use techniques in building just the same as i do, people laugh at some of my builds with what i have used for projects they were not designed for but i always say if it works then it is the right item for the job, why have special clamps made when a couple of zip ties will do the job just as good. </p>
<p>Thanks! While the machine works, the tolerances aren't the best, though. I am currently working on a new machine that I will post on instructables with some of the best tolerances out there.</p>
<p>I have a question for you bpetno when you made your rod supports you said that you measured 2 out from where the two lines intersected longways what was the measurement unit there </p>
<p>I measured two inches out from the lines. Sorry for my delayed response!</p>
Here are two examples webster30! Hope these help. Btw if you need help or guidance on making one of these id love to help! Just PM me any questions!
<p>just getting into the 3d print thing. I want to make one myself. </p><p>You made it look simple. Any other examples of what you have printed with this?</p>
<p>Can you please upload a high definition image of the schematic ?</p>
<p>What do you mean by the &quot;schematic&quot;? </p>
From step 10. The image is low resolution and i can't see where the wires go
<p>I am so happy that this uses rubber bands, zip ties and bailing wire. AND it actually works. I love that you plan to use the machine to print it's own parts. Theoretically, you could improve the machine over time with better and better parts. </p>
<p>can u upload firmware...so that i can upload it to the 3d printer as i am also bad in coding...please!!</p>
<p>what is the size of the printer head carriage??</p>
<p>what is the size of the printer head carriage??</p>
<p>Very nice!!</p>
<p>good job! whatkind of filament did you use?</p>
<p>Thank you! I used abs 1.75 millameter fillament.</p>
<p>Really nice...Voted!</p>
Great work, got my vote.
<p>Nice Job. </p><p>It sure looks sturdy. What is the weight?</p>
<p>yes, it is very sturdy. I have not weighed the machine but I am guessing that It weighs maybe 30 lbs</p>
<p>Well, calibration is part of every 3D printer build.</p>
<p>Nice job Braden! Don't forget, you can enter in a total of three contests. I suggest the 'Full Spectrum Laser contest' and (provided the printer is light enough to carry around...) the 'Portable Workstation contest'. Good luck!!!</p><p>PS. Don't tell just anyone you have a working 3D printer, as they will ask you to print all sorts of stuff! ;-)</p>
<p>Or to build them one :-\</p>
Great writeup and great project. Thanks for taking the time to do it.
Thanks! And thanks so much for your help
<p>Very cool! Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>or cheaper depending on where u go.</p>

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