Feb 20, 2017

How to attach a pencil to your Delta 3D printer and make it into a plotter

Here is an attachment made from plywood that can hold a pencil for Delta configuration machines. it can turn them into simple plotters enhancing your tool options. 
Video of plotter attachment in action connected to RDelta 3d printer:




All the files and instructions can be found at:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2120341

Feb 11, 2017

Six Axis Delta 3D printer from ZHAW

Oliver Tolar and Denis Herrmann, students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)  developed a six axis Delta 3d printer with movable build plate.,


Here is the video demonstration:




Sources with further information:

http://hackaday.com/2017/01/19/3d-printer-with-tilted-bed/

https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/3D-Drucker-mit-beweglicher-Druckplatte-3594506.html


Six Axis Delta, image source: ZHAW

Feb 8, 2017

How to Design and 3D Print a Key Copy

Anthony aka. "Proto G" made an Instructables tutorial on how to design and make a 3d printed copy of a metal key.


Here is the explainer video:




Full instructions can be found at:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Metal-Key-With-a-3D-Printer/

Feb 7, 2017

How to repair Crosman 2200 Magnum and make 3d printed DIY replacement parts

YouTube user "yourbeekeeper" uses his 3d printer to repair an vintage air rifle. He services and makes replacement parts for Crosman 2200 Magnum.




Yourbeekeeper YT channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCshrvGttm2d-9gbkPGz-Ojg

Polar 3D Printer Made by Miklós Devecz

Feb 6, 2017

Hack a Coffee Maker into a Delta 3D printer

Tropical Labs team made a coffee maker into a Delta 3d printer. Interesting hack. Tropical Labs engineers have been developing a flexible design for ultra-affordable 3D printers and this a part of their efforts.




























Video of the Delta printing:




Printer features:

  • Coffee maker, Tropical Labs used an old Norelco 12 model they found at a thrift shop, but any coffee maker with a hot plate could potentially work 
  • Arduino Mega 2560
  • RAMPS 1.4
  • A4988 Stepper Motor Driver Carrier
  • Nema 17 stepper motors
  • Home switches, optical or otherwise
  • 3D printer hot end/extruder – again, any kind will do; Tropical Labs snagged theirs on eBay
  • 12V power supply
  • Solid state relay (Fotek SSR-40 or similar)
  • Ball joints
  • 4-40 threaded rod


Project homepage:

http://tropical-labs.com/index.php/3d-printers/coffee-maker-delta

Source:

https://hackaday.io/project/11346-coffee-maker-delta-3d-printer

How to Make a Better 3D Printed Vise by Christoph Laimer

Christoph Laimer developed this useful 3d printed vise and published an in-depth video on design process and various variables that go into design process, like strength, materials, etc.


Here is the video:




Thingiverse page:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2064269


Here are the main components after printing:


Feb 5, 2017

Picture Perfect Prusa I3

"Picture perfect" is a heavily modified Prusa I3 built around a picture frame by Tropical Labs.  It has 16″ x 16″ x 16″ build volume.




Project homepage:

http://tropical-labs.com/index.php/3d-printers/picture-perfect

Jebediah the DIY 3D Printable Quadruped Robot

TogleFritz developed a futuristic four legged robot you can make with some basic 3d printing and electronics skills. 

Project description:
Jeb is a quadruped robot that the code in this repository is designed to control. Quadruped robots are robots with four legs. Jeb is designed with three degrees of freedom per leg. Each leg is actuated by three servos. The first servo moves the leg forward/backward, the second servo moves the leg up and down, and the third servo bends the leg in the middle. With four legs and three servos per leg, the robot is driven by 12 servos in total.

Jebediah looks cool (in an insectoid kinda way):



























Detailed build guide;

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-3D-Printed-Quadruped-Robot/

GitHub repository of the project with all the files and other information:

https://github.com/Toglefritz/Quadruped_Robot

Code is at:

https://github.com/KurtE/Arduino_Phoenix_Parts


  • The microcontroller used is a Botboarduino
  • The servo controller is an SSC-32U
  • For input the robot uses a wireless Platstation 2
  • This repository also includes a library for using NeoPixel LED lighting products from Adafruit.