3d printer

Hello I was looking into making my first 3d printer so I decided to choose something simple so I found this: http://printrbot.com/shop/simple-makers-kit/ Any recommendations of any other simple printer or comments on if this is a good printer to make  thank you in advance-TDC

Posted by ThinkDesignConstruct 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


3d printer?

Two ideas wondering what people think.... 1. Have the up/down bed for a 3d printer go up and down with water... Just have a little valve that lets water out and the printing bed would slowly lower. At whatever speed you wanted. Could work the other way and fill up. 2. Have the extruded plastic print into water... it would cool instantly and might help with resolution? Just an idea. 

Asked by bellinghammakerspace 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Inkless printer

What if you put a laser cutter on low power and used it like a printer? What if you made an insert for inkjets to accept a low power laser? No more ink - ever! just paper or anything else you wanted.

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Latte Printer

Computer based automation projects really interest me. DIY laser cutters, circuit board routers, plotters and now finally for those baristas that want to take it to the next level there is a Latte Printer. Here's some sweet photo's of this latte maker in action at SIGGRAPH 2008.Along the same lines of Coffee and Technology. Here's someone who used a high powered laser to heat his Nescafe. This teapot is very famous. It's called the Utah Teapot and it is often used as a "hello world" project for imaging programs.-bgvia neatorama

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Lego Printer

I think i may have beat fungus to this....who knows, he usually posts these things neat lego printer it's not exactly photo quality (or fast) but it sure is nifty. i really like that it's got all the lego guys on it as if they're workers in a factory or something

Posted by crapflinger 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Printer Problems

I would like to know if someone would be so kind and help me out with this? I just bought a brand new HP OfficeJet 3830 all in one printer and have a problem with what HP is telling me how many sheets it would print.They say that it would print over 100 sheets on average (give or take) on one cartridge of ink but I got at tops 30 +/- and it was brand new everything. I don't do much printing at all and when I do its not pictures or anything like that that would use up a lot of ink so the first set should have lasted a very long time the way I print things. I would like to know if anyone out there wouldn't mind drawing up some kind of explanation on how to build a page counter and how to hook it up to it? I don't know how to code yet because I am just beginning to learn all that and I have a very long way to go with that so it can't involve coding. Any help from anyone out there would be of GREAT GREAT help to me and it would be very much appreciated.Thanks again.DD

Asked by madrasi 8 months ago  |  last reply 8 months ago


Stereolithography Peachy printer style 3d printer

Simply I'm an RC hobby enthusiast so i have alot of servos lying around I was wondering what would stop me from using a couple of them to control the X&Y axis for mirror alignment when using a UV laser for 3d printing or something like a write head on an old HD?

Posted by Jack Daniels 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how to built a printer

Any one know how to built a printer for my office... its a 4" by 8" 3 copies... so i like to use a daisy wheel..

Posted by jayjayx_jay 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


my printer is broken?

Every time i try to print something on my computer, it comes up with a menu that shows you are supposed to save it, and it doesn't work when i press the save button, and if i press cancel, it doesn't print either. i've tried it with several applications, and none of them work, they all come up with the same thing. i don't know if it''s my printer, or my computer, but i have to print something out for a school project.please don't say print it out somewhere else, because that won't fix my problem. the printer is a lexmark x3350, and the computer is a dell.

Asked by the poodleo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Lego Printer == Awesome

The last Lego forum thread I started went down a storm so when I saw this Lego printer online at BoingBoing today I HAD to post it too. YouTube user Horseattack posted this video a few days ago of a printer that he made using Lego to move a felt tip pen across the page. He doesn't give much detail about how it was made or any instructions on how to do it, but the video is pure awesome. Here's what he had to say about it in the video description: "Lego felt tip 110" printer connected to an Apple Mac. This is not a kit you can buy and does not use mindstorms. I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a "wiring" board.

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


3d printer service

HI everyone. I am wanting to start a 3d printing service business. This would be on a small scale to start. My question is how to securely download 3d files from customers so that I can use those files to create a 3d printed object for them, then ship objects back. I thought about offering the service on craigslist and receive the customer's file through email. But I know that a website would be better, but have no idea as how to implement the capability to receive customers' files securely and while keeping those files organized. Items will be printed using a makerbot, so I would communicate to potential customers as to the limitations of said printer. Thanks, and would appreciate any answers or advice.

Posted by RoboStack 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


3D PRINTER RECOMENDATIONS

Morning all from the shire or Oxford UK My names is Rory, happy to be a member of the site and always enjoy a good discussion Thought it would be helpful for myself and others to start a bit of a debate about 3D printers in general. I build my own 3D printer last year and was happy with it the 6x6x6 results were not the best but better than anything I had produced before, I regreted ever selling it TBH but now the time has come for me to think about getting another. Ideally looking to have a scanning unit too but it is wether to build or buy.......TOO MUCH CHOICE!! Since last year ive seen a massive jump in the tech used in this area and my main questions are: What do each of you use and why that specific printer? Whats your best results ( best object made ) which to people perfer shop brought (ready made) or home made (DIY KIT) If you could choose any 3D printer what would it be? Cheers all, Look forwards to seeing how this thread discusses this topic

Posted by Jedi_zombie85 3 years ago


berg little printer

Hi is anybody hacking these? i would like to get mine working offline,maybe connected to a camera . live slit scan or something like that..

Posted by crazyg 3 years ago


Latte coffee printer

Hi everyone i  just saw this  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X9ZT0iLcOM and was wondering if anyone could help me make one  i think its a easy for 3d makers here ,i just need to know the names of the parts and the program to make it work , thanks guys  ,

Asked by jimz73 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Project: bead printer

Hey everyone! My name is Michael and I have a project I'm working on: a fuse beads automatic "printer". After I got my mechanical eng. degree I was looking for a project to prove to myself it was worth it. I guess being a maker was my secret ambition, and I felt I needed some project to be proud of.  While babysitting my little cousins and doing some works with Perler beads, I thought to myself: hey! this is cool- I should try making something bigger! and so, as my works grew larger, I began to wonder- can I make it automatic?   What are fuse beads?  These are small beads made from plastic that come in various colors, and can melt under a regular home iron. Its a kids toy- you place a pattern on a mat, iron it- and get cool results. google it!   What is it supposed to do?  The idea is simple: place individual beads of various colors on a mat full of small spikes according to a pattern. sounds simple, doesn't it? I think its good to first look at a 2 color (black-white) simple scheme and try to print it on a small part of the board. Once the mechanical part is finished, the real programming will start.   Some numbers:  The beads are about 5[mm] in diameter and in height. A typical board is 30X30 spikes. A piece could usually contains 2-10 main colors.   !!STOP!!! Before you read my concept, I would like to know- how would you try to make this project? I have had this idea in my mind for over a year now, and I'm looking for new ideas.   The concept so far: As I've mentioned, its been a long journey already. I am far from having a working prototype and am open to suggestions. The "printer" I designed is similar to a CNC machine: a tube has 15 beads in it. The tube is moved above the board, placing the beads. Refill will be done manually since I wish to prove the mechanics first. I made the printer with Lego and an NXT controller and engines, simply because I had it at home. I tried making a 2 axis motion using a rack and gear (with transmission), moving a tube with beads in it. To my dread, the beads do not like falling off when placed on top of one another (in the tube), so I used a third engine, converting the rotary motion into linear one, applying a small force over the tube to prevent the beads from falling, moving them to the next position, than letting go. I discovered the engines are not as accurate as I would have wanted, and the results are meh. I will add some pictures at a later time as I need to re-assemble it.     Thanks a lot for reading, and I hope we can make this dream come true- lets have some fun!  

Posted by TheWildShnitzel 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


printer jack to USB ?

How to convert/replace conventional printer cable jack to USB one ?

Asked by gusnawa 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Affordable 3d Printers?

Does anyone know where I can buy a quality, inexpensive 3d printer to get started in 3d printing?

Posted by Chikpeas Brother 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


3D Printer-ing

I need to find somewhere that has a 3D printer that someone can just go in and pay to use, but I have no idea where such a place could be. Do these shops even exist? Would I have to go around asking people if I can use their 3D printer? Is printing something from a 3D printer a long painstaking process? How do I even print stuff from a 3D printer?? Aaaah!

Posted by Juklop 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


3d printer parts.

Hello. I am a high school freshmen, and I am on a robotics team. We own a Dimension 3d printer, however I am not able to use it for personal projects. I am a CADer and would love to find parts or broken 3d printers to where I can build my own functioning 3D printer. Being 15 I do not have sufficient funds to where I can afford 3d printers. Any type of help would be amazing! If you have any information, please let me know. Thank you! -Evan

Posted by TheParacorder 4 years ago


Printer hack needed

 Would anyone know how I might hack my HP Photosmart C7280 to print unlimited (or at least 72") page lengths?  I’m trying to print a banner from Illustrator, and the printer stops at 11".  Width limit is a given, but there’s no reason I see that a printer couldn’t just keep on printing length-wise. Any suggestions? Thanks, Kennan

Posted by kennan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


ink jet printer

Help, I want to make pillows for my kids with pictures of their dogs.  I cannot find any place in Phoenix that has ink jet printers.  What can I do??? Cyndie

Posted by cvanhook 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


3D Printer use

I was wondering if anyone would do some printing for me. I don't have the item designed yet and wasn't really wanting to buy a 3D printer just for one idea so I would need some help designing it and what format it needs to be in.

Posted by wsround 7 months ago  |  last reply 7 months ago


3d Printer Extruder Answered

Hi! I want to make a Wades geared extruder. But since i don't have a printer to make the printed parts, i want to make them with wood. So i need to know the dimensions for the parts. The length, breadth and height of main body and idler. and radius of the wheel. an image to what i need  please i need some help. thank you :)

Asked by SowmenD 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


3d wax printer

Is there a wax 3d wax printer on the market that uses reusable wax (like candle wax) or is it possible/cheaper to just make one? I want to use this for lost wax moldings and I want to be able to reuse most if not all the wax used to make the mold. Any information would be great.

Asked by pmk222 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Booklet printing & the printer

Hi, I want to print a 200 pg book I have in booklet form. What I mean is that on each A4 sheet, there should be 4 pages printed front and back. I should be able to fold the sheets in half afterwards and get a book that is half the size of the A4 sheet. I have tried to do this with the printer settings but when I came out, it wasn't in correct order. Also one side of the sheet is in one direction and the other side is in another so it looks like half the sheet was printed upside down. Before I waste more paper, what may be the problem? The only thing I may have done wrong is to specify "long edge" instead of "short edge" for two sided printing. This was done on a HP 8100 laser printer. Thanks

Asked by phillyj 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


3d Printer RESIN

Hi, i'm planning on buying a SLA printer, but i want to be sure that i can get a good amount of resin at a fair price, i found some places but since i'm from Bolivia-Latin America, the shipping and buying from Us Europe or Asia it becomes quite expensive, sometimes like +65% to 80% of the product itself. If someone knows a DIY resin, or some good places that doesn't cost as much per L or Galon plz let me know and share it with everyone else. Anyway, thx a lot for reading and take your time, i hope i can get an answer. 

Posted by pablopcb 4 years ago


3D printer contest

I was checking out the 3d printer contest information, eager to win, but uncertain what to post as a first-time visitor to This website.  Fortunately, you almost immediately reminded me that my real creative gift is language.  I am pretty sure you meant the "age is upon us," but you typed "the age is upon is" in the opening description of the contest.  Now I have posted something.  It may not be demonstrative of my creativity, but it shows my attention to detail, which is very helpful when it comes to machine care and feeding.

Posted by SuziKO 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how to use t-shirt printer?

I mean the steps of using it t-shirt printing process how the ink or the paint load in the t-shirt printer and the design ofcourse

Asked by annaayen 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how to refill lexmark X3580 printer cartridges?

Asked by tobyrobert 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



What can I do with an old printer?

Wondering if and how I should harvest the innards for projects

Asked by JCO72 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do i load transparency sheets to a printer?

My transparentcy sheet is attached to a white sheet. Do i remove the white sheet? If not, which way do i install it white sheet facing up or down?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago




can you use magnetic sheets in any laser or inkjet printer or just one or the other?

Or is there a printer that you should not use the magnetic sheets in?

Asked by Gwendarlin 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What are the various uses of defunct printer?

I have an old printer which has stopped working. What is the best way I can use the printer/spares from the printer. Resale will not fetch me any money.

Asked by prernapoojara 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can i refill a brother LC970BK printer cartridge?

Brother MFC-235C printer scanner takes above cartridge cant find out how to refill. thanks in advance

Asked by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Unneeded printer

Hi. I have a printer (dell photo 964) that I don't need (since I don't have a power supplie for it) so I was thinking what can I do With it? can somebody tell me how and what I can do with it (something like: make a card reader out of it, small picture screen, etc.) I know that you can make a table lamp out of it's scanner. Thank You

Posted by redon12 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


my black ink is not printing on my hp photosmart 6510 how can i fix this?

Its a hp photosmart 6510 all-in-one printer, wireless, model #B211a

Asked by juliealanis 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


HP Laser jet 4 installation? Answered

Dear All I have an old printer HP Laserjet 4 model C2001A (please see photo) and have a problem when installation it to my computer windows 7 ultimate .Because I cannot found my model C2001A on list of (INSTALL THE PRINTER DRIVER) before and after UPDATE. So please help me to know what I can do for get rid of this problem, I hope you understand my question and help me Thank you very much                                        Best regards                                          lam

Asked by lam 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


HP 1315 memory chip

How do I remove a the memory chip from my Hp 1315 prinnter before I reccycle it?

Asked by mglynn68 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What Kind of 3D Printer?

I am looking into getting a 3D printer for hobby projects and what not.  I don't have a lot of experience with 3D modeling, or 3D printing and 3D printers are expensive.  I would like to get a good printer but not spend a lot.  Does anyone have any suggestions of what kind of printer I should get, should I get single or double extruders how big a printing area etc?  I have been looking at Makerbot, and Rap Man.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Asked by Dreadphill 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Printer froze need help?

I have a HP deskjet F2210 all-in-one printer that froze. It will not respond at all. I plug it in and all the lights come on but dont blink. It says its diconected on the computer but its not. When i press the power button it wont shut down. I have to unplug it to turn it off. I have tried unplugging it and leaving it for a while but it still won't respond. How do i fix this.

Asked by redlizard5 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Printer Board is a CNC controller. ?

Can anyone pls show me link to subjects on this matter with minimum need for programming langauge ? my perception is that if we can make printer draw a picture without waiting for ink signal; then cartridge can easily be replaced with a curring blade, torch or drill...is it possible to pinpoint the pin that sends ink OK back to printer and connect it direct to +VE so that it give ink available always. please help me work on this project. Again if possible with min or no programming... thanks

Asked by goldenshuttle 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


DIY 3d printer ideas

In every "diy 3d printer" page i've seen, the XYZ axi are controlled by servos. What i don't have in my garage are servos, but i do have a mass of actuators. Would it be acceptable to use actuators to controll XYZ? I see no problem with it but if you readers do please comment below and possibly add a resonable solution to go with it. Thank you :)

Posted by Dr.Tech 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


3d printer won't move Answered

Hello, I have recently hoked up the motors and sensors of my xyz printer to a ramps v 1.4 running marlin  firmware. I can't make anything but the z axis to move. I put every motor in the z axis and found the can make the motors work. So, why wont they move when they are in their correct plug for their axis? I am using pronterface to make the axis move by the way.

Asked by jbaker22 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Connecting to the network printer...(pics) Answered

I've spent hours searching the internet, but not a found an answer yet. When I use the add a printer wizard, I followed the steps as shown in the pictures below. Everything is going great, until I see my network (MSHOME) with no printer underneath (last picture). The network printer does work for the 2 Mac computers in my house, but it won't even show up on the 2 Microsoft computers. I need to print from the Microsoft computer (and not the Mac) because Papakuru paper-craft files ( .pdo file) can only be opened on a Microsoft computer. I really need to print the paper-craft patterns so my little brother can make a paper-craft Daft Punk Halloween mask! My OP system is Microsoft XP, running on a Dell computer. The network printer is hooked up to a mac computer (if that matters) Please help!!!!

Asked by nepheron 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


old ink jet printer?

What can be made out of an old injet printer? it doesnt print and give the age to much to have repaired shurley it can still be used for some thing else ?

Asked by Eyewondery 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Help- My Printer is BLIND!

So here is the story- my grandma moved out of our house, and I got an older Windows 2000 computer. I also got a working (at the time) printer (jetprinter...HP...I think) and hooked it up in my room about a month later. The ink was low, so we spent ~30 dollars on new cartriges. So, even then, I hooked it up... hit print, and buzz click whirr...just like it should...and bloop: load paper is displayed on the screen. But wait...it had paper..a bunch! So I took it out, restartyed the computer, turned off (and then on) the printer seperately, and tried to print agian. No worky. Supposedly the printer is still out of paper, even though it is sitting right there! Is it blind?!?!?!Any help would be appreciated. It is a good printer (or was), and the ink in it alone is new and worth $30!

Posted by John Smith 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago