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build a 3d printer with a standard stepper motor controller? Answered

Hey Im thinking about building a 3d printer, so I'm looking at the (endless) possibilities out there.

Can I build one with a standard (4 or 5 axis) stepper motor controller (like the ones on ebay)??

instead of using an arduino (I saw on the internet that that's what they use on RepRap)

(and since I'm building a 3d printer/ CNC I think it would be more convenient for me to use stepper motor controllers for "both" the machines, and besides that it appears to be simpler since I know nothing about arduino :( )

I was thinking I maybe could use a controller with 4 or 5 stepper motor outputs and then use 1,2 and 3 for the axis and then use the other one to "tell" the machine how much material it should "spit out"

any advice?? or any other ideas for a SIMPLE 3d printing curcuit?? 

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frollard
frollard

Best Answer 8 years ago

As you say, there are a million variants out there;

and each has a million problems -- that they had to solve for that variant.

Yes you can roll your own solution, but you'll be repeating what everyone has already done. Unless you are a hardware and software engineer - you'll need to be in order to get the current gen 3d printing software working with your board -- just go with a known solution. Somewhat inexpensive and widely supported is the RAMPS board. Yes its arduino, but its plug and play.

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lordl9999
lordl9999

Answer 8 years ago

Ok it makes sence! thanks.. I kepte reading and it looks like I'm going with the Ramps, it looks like it's plug and play (like you say) and it is fairly cheap too. thanks!

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

8 years ago

Yes, you could easily drive one from a standard PC.