Lego 3D Printer 3.0

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Introduction: Lego 3D Printer 3.0

About: My name's William and I love robots and everything regarding automation. I also enjoy music, drawing and debating.

Hi there!

A few months ago I've built the 2nd version of my Lego 3D Printer, and today I'm going to show how to build the 3rd version.

Step 1: Watch the Demonstration Video (optional)

Step 2: What You'll Need (for the X and Y Axis)

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Don't forget the Lego doors for equilibrium

Step 9: What You'll Need (for the Z Axis)

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Step 12: What You'll Need (for the Extruder)

Step 13: Don't Forget the Gluegun AND the Paper Clip

Step 14: The Extruder Should Look Something Like This

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Bend the paper clip in a way that it partially stuffs the hole of the gluegun nozzle. This will allow for a more controlled extrusion process.

Step 17: Voilà

Step 18: Tipp

Use elastic bands to strap the paper (on which you'll print) to the moving platform

Step 19: The Result of My Test Print

Step 20: The Mindstorms Code I Used for My Test Print

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    18 Discussions

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    carvedblock
    carvedblock

    2 years ago

    The metaphor of a 3D printer being a CNC glue gun has been floating around for ages.

    I think it's brilliant you made a 3D printer with an actual glue gun!

    Thank you for making the metaphor real.

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    Nonametruck
    Nonametruck

    3 years ago

    Mindstorms are too expensive to use in this way. I just checked price for a set $300.00+ per set. your printer with glue gun is very neat and I enjoyed your videos. If I am wrong on price I am sorry was just what I found on their web site.

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    Lefkoff
    Lefkoff

    4 years ago

    Do you have a parts list? Pictures reall don't help when trying to ID Lego parts

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    The NerdyN
    The NerdyN

    4 years ago

    and finally, don't use a hot glue gun, use a 3d pen

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    W1ll14m
    W1ll14m

    Reply 4 years ago

    The point of my 3D printer was to be made in the simplest way possible, using cheap material (although I admit the Mindstorms brick isn't very cheap)

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    The NerdyN
    The NerdyN

    Reply 4 years ago

    they only cost $20 or so you can actually 3d print objects with printer fillmient

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    W1ll14m
    W1ll14m

    Reply 4 years ago

    Didn't know that, thanks

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    The NerdyN
    The NerdyN

    4 years ago

    also, you might not want to make other accounts and comment yourself. (It doesn't look to good)

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    W1ll14m
    W1ll14m

    Reply 4 years ago

    What are you talking about?

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    The NerdyN
    The NerdyN

    Reply 4 years ago

    :) (i dunno the comment "This looks awesome. I never knew you could actually do something like this... keep going, because I think that if you use the mindstorms 3.0 with this one, it would look awesome!" -WilliamR79

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    W1ll14m
    W1ll14m

    Reply 4 years ago

    In the anglophone world, there are millions of people called William. So one of these several million people commented my printer. So what?

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    The NerdyN
    The NerdyN

    4 years ago

    ookkkkk...... that my friend, will take Forever

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    brightled
    brightled

    4 years ago

    The tip is to far off the surface,way too much glue is being pushed out of the gun,and speed up the motion to reduce the thickness,you my want to mod the tip by using a fine ball point pen tip with the ball drilled out,insert this into glue gun tip use a bit of hi temp epoxy to hold the tip in the glue gun tip

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    WilliamR79
    WilliamR79

    4 years ago

    This looks awesome. I never knew you could actually do something like this... keep going, because I think that if you use the mindstorms 3.0 with this one, it would look awesome!

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    WilliamR79
    WilliamR79

    4 years ago

    This looks awesome. I never knew you could actually do something like this... keep going, because I think that if you use the mindstorms 3.0 with this one, it would look awesome!

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    mchau2
    mchau2

    4 years ago

    this is a crazily experimental project! maybe benefitial to print in larger scale to compensate the lack of control and resolutions... total thumbs up!

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    ZacharyJ11
    ZacharyJ11

    Reply 4 years ago

    Sorry. *If it wouldn't interrupt your your use of your hot glue gun, you could try making a cone of sheet metal just as large as the glue gun tip and snipping the very top of it off so you had a very precise nozzle and welding it to the glue gun.

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    ZacharyJ11
    ZacharyJ11

    Reply 4 years ago

    If it wouldn't interrupted