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 10 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

3d printer

Hello I was looking into making my first 3d printer so I decided to choose something simple so I found this: 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 3 years ago

"Best" 3D Printer on the market today

Many of the 3D Printer reviews are a more than a year old that I have found. So the question is what is the "best" 3D printer and/or Printer Kit for someone who wants to start 3D printing. Cost is an obvious factor, but quality to finished product and simplicity for a beginner are also important. 

Posted by cadams15 4 years ago

3D Printer Help

I am considering buying a 3d Printer, but I need something cheap and easy. I found a model that a like, it's the FDM 3D printer. The problem is, science I'm new to 3d printing, I have no idea what to look for. This particular printer has a low cost with a decent print size.                     Link to Website  ~~~~~>;=1425238313&sr;=8-15&keywords;=3d+printer

Posted by MASH567 3 years ago

Finfing This 3D printer for Students

Hello I received this subject and instructable for a cheap printer 3D, but now this page its not here. Somebody may help me in this search. Thank you so much. $60 Hi-Res DLP 3D Printer This was constructed with an old pc  Regards

Posted by Janethbee 2 years ago

Is there a software where i can download and make my own 3d printer items?

Is there any software where i can make my own custom 3d printer items to download and make through mine?

Posted by Carbonado 2 years ago

Inkless printer- Laser or Heat to engrave Paper

Hello,I am currently searching for projects that print on paper using heat, lasers or other inkless technology. The problem I ran into is that a search for burn, laser and thermal in combination with printer and paper allways brings many results that are irrelevant (laser printers, thermal transfer printers and such).What I did find is for example. Though commercial laser solutions seem a bit "too much" and overpriced to plot a bit on paper.Does anyone here have any links to projects that use heat or other methods to print on paper?I guess it could be as simple as a plotter using a weak soldering iron ;-)

Posted by schorhr 10 years ago

Is there a place where I can pay to use a 3d laser printer?

Anyone know where one can pay a reasonable amount of money to have a design printed on a 3d printer as in the one for the "settlers of catan" 3d laser cut board instructable by G-Squier? if so please let me know, thank you.

Posted by allen401 5 years ago

New on 3d printing: asking for advice

Hi everyone, Do you have any suggestions for an amateur to buy her first one printer? Thanks for your advice firstly!

Posted by fernelu2017 9 months ago

Tiny portable printer - Will pay

Hello everyone. I need someone to come up with the plans or the finished product of a really small portable printer around the size of a Galaxy SII (or iPhone) but twice the height (thickness) at most. It must be able to print on a strip of paper about 2-6cm wide. It must be able to print a dot-matrix like text. The size of the text must be somewhat adjustable. It must print ASCII characters and maybe some symbols. The line of text to be printed will look like this: ID0001||25AUG{}12:55 No need for paper feeding or anything. It should operate like: place the paper in the tray, press a button/buttons, remove the paper. The ink should last for at least ten prints before replacing and the device must have a rechargeable battery. I would prefer if you make an instructable out of it as well but it is not mandatory. If you can deliver kindly send me a private message here with your offer.

Posted by izybit 5 years ago

Live right now - printing with cheese!

These guys are 3D printing with cream cheese right now. [LINK] No, I don't know why it's green.

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago

Facadeprinter prints by shooting paintballs

Want some art nice and big on a wall and don't want to break out a ladder? The Facadeprinter in Germany is something that can help. It's a computer-controlled paintball gun that can make paintings 8m tall and 10m wide. The computer takes into account the shape of the target so there's no distortion in the final piece. Check out the video to see it in action. Facadeprinter via Wooster Collective - three stones from Facadeprinter on Vimeo.

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Looking for a large 3d printer 16"-24"

Looking for a large 3d printer 16" to 24" for ABS and NYLON , Anyone know of a company that makes one.

Posted by DIDDE55 4 years ago

3d printer collection magazine - opinions?

I just saw a TV  advert for a 3d printer you build yourself from parts that come with a magazine. £6.99 an issue for 90 parts. Opinions?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago

Gigantic 3D printer

This 3D printer is a giant step up from other 3D printers. Where most 3D printers make items that you can hold in your hands,  this machine by Enrico Dini in Italy is making items you can walk inside. It lays them up tiny layer by tiny layer and the result is pretty sturdy. One day it might even be used on site to make intricate buildings. Link via Make

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

I want to DIY a 3D printer, where you can buy accessories?

I think I make a printer probably schematic and design have been somehow, I do not know where to get good parts, was introduced to it?

Posted by yu7721549 4 years ago

CNC Laser Printer

Looking for someone to help me build a Laser printer. I want to go A0 size. Use Photographic negative, that is to use a developer and fixer liquid once the image is done. The image has to be B&W photographically with a sharp image quality. What sort of laser would allow me to have a high resolution? Thanks jag2x

Posted by jag2x 9 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 5 years ago

High school students' lack of knowledge regarding 3D printers.

Has anyone else come upon the severe lack of knowledge about 3D printers by high school students, and possibly people in general as well? Today, my teacher announced to my art class that: "Some architects will be coming in to show us their 3D printer that they built". Then, practically every student started to say things such as: "what the hell is that?". The teacher then said that: "it's like a printer, but it prints things out in 3D". After that, one student asked: "so it like prints stuff out on paper in 3D?" So the teacher replied: "no, it prints objects out in 3D". Then, the same student asked again: "so it prints stuff out onto paper in 3D.....?". It went on like this for about 5 minutes, until the teacher got tired of explaining from her limited knowledge of 3D printers. After the teacher managed to end the conversation, I heard murmurs from the others saying things like: "I don't get it..?" and "That doesn't make any sense..". Has anyone else encountered this? (not that I'm an expert on 3D printers or anything..) Thanks -Me

Posted by tqwerty 5 years ago

Dirty, dirty little inkjet printer

This one isn't really an instructable, because (duh) it doesn't actually describe how to make something, however, I think it might be of interest to some people of the same sort of mindset - it's about inkjet printers, and what you might find if you dismantle one.I've taken quite a few apart (I work in IT and I have to dispose of them when they die) - they have something called a 'waste ink reservoir' - and it's quite surprising how much ink they actually 'waste' into it.The Dirty Little Secret of Inkjet PrintersThe 'waste' is ostensibly to clean the print heads - and yes, some of that is inevitable by nature of the technology, however, I'm pretty sure there are other motives behind it too - that ink ain't cheap...

Posted by Atomic Shrimp 10 years ago

Print to... a book?

I have access to a printer, which can print on standard paper - but that's not what I want. There are publishing houses (and Instructables!) that can print my text in a bound book - but that's not quite what I want, either (not yet!) What I want is: a printer, that can take an empty, bound book (Moleskine for example)... and print in it. Without damaging the book! Has anyone made,or bought, such a printer? At first I thought it would need to be some form of XY plotter, but a normal print head should do the job. The trick would be setting the page limits, holding the unused portion of the book, and to start the print at the spine.

Posted by AlanC2 3 years ago

3D Printers for Special Needs Makers

Cameron is a wheelchair-bound maker in Colorado using 3D Printing.  He's especially interested in creating a head motion-controlled robotic arm that would use 3D Printing to make the brackets and fixtures to mount a portable system onto a wheelchair.  This robotic arm would really help people like Cameron navigate the world, but it could also be used at a workbench by non-handicapped makers as a 3rd arm.   So, an Indigogo campaign was started to raise funds to help Makers with specific physical needs get access to 3d printing: Go, look, it's cool.

Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago

New DLP Printer with the LARGEST build volume on the market

Hey Guys, We are now kindly inviting everyone to finish a survey for us. We are now developing the next generation of our DLP 3D printer, and we really need to gather some opinions before it hits Kickstarter. It will be a DLP printer with the largest build volume on the market, and it will provide the best solution to SME, MakerSpace and personal users. There will be only 8 questions, and every member will be notified before we launched to make sure that every one gets the Early Bird reward if you are interested(remember to submit to our newsletter). You can find detailed information including tech specs and test prints by visiting our demo website(which is free, and will be reconstructed later): Demo videos are coming soon, please stay tuned. The survey is on the "More" page, so help us get some feedback. Thanks!

Posted by Waterrobertie 2 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


Just found on YouTube a printer that prints on curved surfaces. As I do airbrushing which is very time consuming and the return for hours spent is very low . I can build the frame work and install print head etc. However the scanner and associated software is beyond me . please if you can help go to YouTube and type in ARTROBO . Very interesting machine . cheers and thanks laurie

Posted by lozza1950 3 years ago

Thoughts on the Makibox?

For those who don't know what I'm talking about: Makibox Has anyone used this? Is it too good to be true (pricewise)? Opinions?

Posted by martzsam 5 years ago

need help figuring out what these chips are good for

Im kinda new to electrical components i can follow a picture and put things where they are post to go but figuring out what the components are for no clue i'm currently working on making a 3d printer and was hoping that some of the these components that i found can be used for anything useful.  so heres the list of the chips LM741CN rca 832 P109 DM7473N  7945C  SN7475N MC14093B   CP   7939 ALSO MODEL Z240D10 SOLID STATE RELAY 3-32 VDC CONTROL TURNER ASSY 510-310 DRILL510-311 ITS A BORAD

Posted by MichaelD136 2 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 1 year ago

project not in contest

Ok I entered the contest. received the email confirmation others have appeared on the page. But my project is no where to be found... don't have much time here. If the project is not up to snuff then I should receive an email letting me know this so i can fix or replace it. please can someone find out what the issue is?  and we still have now word on whom has won the laser contest.  Thanks

Posted by sparten11 5 years ago

Laser copy machine what to do???

I have aquired two laser color copy machine's and in the process of tearing them apart I come across this motor with a very shiney octagon wheel that some how reflects light to a couple of mirrors, one machine is a low buck Brother and the other is a collating machine. What can I do with this whirlagig light thingy, seems to good to toss in the scrap box. I am in the business of E-Waste and there are some things I just have to keep.

Posted by wisconsinjimmy 7 years ago

Hacking famous brand devices

Hi, I have spend a lot of time hacking some scanner CCD sensor from different brand of scanner on the last few weeks to build a touch screen. My idea was to make a database on the different PIN of the CCD of several brand of scanner to help people building their own. It's not always  that easy to play with an oscilloscope to reverse engineer those. But I was a bit hesitating on posting brand name like HP or CANON and explain how to crack the sensors. I wasn't sure if I could have some problem... Any ideas? Thanks

Posted by jeanotP1314 2 years ago

Help, I'm stuck in a 3D printer factory!

Check out some pictures from the Spark 3D printer factory!

Posted by ewilhelm 4 years ago

Inkjet printer question

I need help, making an ink jet printer think that there is paper in the loader when there is not, there is a small switch with a leaver which tells the printer that paper is going through the roller but if it is taped down then the rollers go for a while and then the printer realities that there is no paper, is there an easy way to fix this? Also on my ink cartridges there are 7 pins, does any one know what these do? I'm trying to build a laser cutter out of this printer where the laser is controlled by when the black ink would be spraying. Thanks in advance.

Posted by kcedgerton 9 years ago

Anyone have any working Arduinos? or a Receipt Printer?

Im looking for one or a few arduinos and, if possible, a Thermal Printer. preferably a receipt printer, i dont need a big printer. Btw, does anyone know where i can get some good arduinos? in case i cant get any from here?

Posted by EngineerJakit 6 years ago

Printer Stepper Motor Driver

I recently "Recycled" (parted out/junked) some Hewlett Packard 600 and 800 series printers. It occurred to me that everything I would try to build (electronic and software drivers) already exists in the printers. The motion of the stepper could easily be controlled by sending print commands to the "printer:. The only "problem" I can think of is satisfying all of the fault sensors, eg. out of paper etc. Has anyone worked on this. Recumbent Bike Builders Rule!! Carpe Ductum

Posted by naic98 11 years ago

Build a 3D printer at home for dummies

Hi. Is there any tutorial, here or elsewhere, that shows how to build a good 3D printer at home even if you don't have any knowledge of electronic ("for the dummies" style) ? I've been looking for something like that recently, but couldn't find much (especially for a "dummy" version, sadly. Thanks to answer

Posted by monks19 3 years ago

Use a 3d printer for etching PCBs?

Here's an idea - would it be possible to use a 3D printer to lay out the etch resist on a PCB?  It would likely only need to print a single layer.  Of course you'd need to use a material that would resist the ferric chloride but could also be removed without leaving a residue. Thoughts???

Posted by jeff-o 6 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

Wireless printer ports to support USB cams

What I would like to see is a mod for one of those little wireless printer port boxes, you know, the ones that you hook up to a USB printer to make it wireless... Anyway, the mod would be to allow it to take a web cam instead of a printer and turn your web cam into a wireless cam that can be placed anywhere. The mod would have to be less expensive than buying the typical wireless cam (~$150.00). Has anyone ever attempted to do this? Would someone like the challenge?? For all us financially limited folks out here, you would be praised and raised to god-like status.... =)

Posted by Pazzerz 10 years ago

The Buccaneer 3D Printer

I just stumbled upon this while looking through kickstarter. It's called the Buccaneer, it will retail for ~$350 and you can pre-order it in August. From what I've read it will ship late this year, or early next year. Check it out on their Kickstarter page or their website.

Posted by Xthinker 5 years ago

What to do with 2 bigs old printers...

Greetings Comunity ill like to know what to do with 2 printers very old, they are Dot Matrix Printers one of them brother m4318 and the other epson dfx 8000 here pages of them: they dont work so i want to make thems something but dont know what, i was viewing the CNCs machines but i dont know much about programming or electronic (just made a pedal for mi guitar jeje) but ill like a cnc machine but dont know how where to start, well hope you can help me, and thank you all for this great site XD

Posted by neoygeo666 6 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 9 years ago

designing an easy to build open source 3D printer

Hi, I'm trying to design an open source 3D printer that should be easy to build, doesn't require any 3D printed parts (all custom parts should be made out of plates) and the other parts should be standard parts (CNC) you can easily buy on ebay. I'm as well playing with the idea that you could make the custom parts out of cardboard (since they are so simple) and then print parts that are similar to reprap's, so one design would be made with 3D printed parts. It's supposed to be a low cost (300-500$) printer. I wanted to build a cheap open source 3D printer but didn't find anything I liked so I decided to design a simple printer I would like. If I'm already designing it I can as well make it open source for others. I tried to put together some concepts in SketchUp, this is how it looks so far, what do you think, tips, suggestions? the collection of the designs: the gallery with bigger pictures: or;=14686367

Posted by 3dnio 4 years ago

Garage Bay 3D printer for large objects

Is anybody making a 3D printer that is made to fit in a single bay of a garage? Like something the size of a large SUV? Gigabot comes close, but it still smaller. For such a device, I'd like to make a modular head with a lot of potential interchangeable heads: 1. All the typical FDM 2. Milling for CNC type operation. 3. Laser for cutting 4. MIG welding head 5. Arm with gripper for auto-assembly 6. Scanner head 7. FDM using atypical materials, such as dry slurry epoxy (with microspheres or flocked cotton) Combine this with mobile robot arms to manage work pieces, and you're coming close to a complete fab lab.

Posted by GarrettH2 3 years ago

can someone make me something 3d printed?

I am a fan of halo, and i have read most of the books, my recent one (halo glasslands) has a puzzle called "arum" the objective is to line up the layers of the sphere in order and get the ball that's inside (the picture below) I wanted to make this myself but i don't have a 3D printer (I would love one, but I don't have that kind of money) I know that there are other ways of making this but they aren't as nice. I don't know what else it looks like but in the picture below, or its dimensions, the sizes that I would like is between a softball or a ping pong ball(5" to about 1&1/2") the color does not matter, I'm asking anyone who has a 3D printer to make this for me and I'm willing to pay if you want to be payed. thanks Ian.

Posted by ian9114 4 years ago

Replacing black ink with colour ink

Hi, I'm trying to do a uni project and I'm not having much look at the moment. What I want is for the ink in the black cartridge to be a colour ink instead of black. It did seem to work but now it's not. I flushed the cartridge with water several times to clean it out and then placed magenta ink in and the first through prints it started to print the Magenta but then stopped and how all it seems to do is leak from the cartridge and flood the base. The printer is a HP 1220c using HP 45 Cartridge which has the print head on the actual cartridge. Can anyone suggest anything? Thanks Phil

Posted by drop_dead_fred 2 years ago

Inkjet $$$ Ink. Why so expensive?

Whats the cost of inkjet ink? 1000/gal?  could somethin else be used? whats so special about the stuff? and could we run lemon juice thru for invisible ink?  or a UV  ink?  or foodcoloring?

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago

Survey for personal fabrication

I am doing a short survey on personal fabrication envisioning a future where things are made to order. Please participate in this survey and provide feedback to improve the survey. The survey link is shown below-

Posted by 3dgeek 3 years ago

Survey for personal fabrication

I am doing a short survey on personal fabrication envisioning a future where things are made to order. Please participate in this survey and provide feedback to improve the survey. The survey link is shown below-

Posted by 3dgeek 3 years ago