By now, you’re probably familiar with the low-cost 3D printer called MakerBot. Essentially, a physical version of a 3D model is constructed by consecutively forming layers of extruded plastic. This project is a DIY version of MakerBot which was inspired by the original project. Because of the speed and ease of making structural parts quickly, 3-D printing is rapidly growing in popularity. If you’d rather start with something easier, check out our DIY CNC builds.
The machine chassis is made out of water-jet cut aluminum and the pedestal and electronics cabinet are fashioned from a 6mm sheet of laser-cut acrylic. One of the design improvements is in the larger printer area and a speedier Z-axis. Catch some of the detailed specs and the video above of the machine in action.