3D printing plays a vital role in today’s era. It helps to convert 3D designs into real objects. Liquid plastic material is used for creating objects. Many machines are available on the market, and most of them are expensive. You will never know which one to choose as each one has its pros and cons. Generally, three types of printers are popular, and they are resin, extrusion, and powder. Due to the cost of these devices, most people cannot buy this piece of tech, but they wish to try the machine.
Don’t worry as we will help you to make your own 3D printer at home. The best part is that building a unit is cost-effective. In the guide, we will discuss the essential tools that you need to get started. You can also buy parts from any online website or local stores by comparing their rates. Let us talk about the steps to follow for building a 3D printer at home.
- Collecting 3D printer tools
To build a 3D printer, you must have the following essentials before starting.
- Hot end, pencil, limit switch, and 12-volt power supply with 10 Amp
- Arduino kit, extruder, stepper motor, and trapezoidal threaded screws (one 200mm and two 150mm)
- Radial bearings, heat bed, wooden block, linear bearing, limit switch, shaft coupler, PLA filament, and acrylic sheet
- Setting the axis of the unit
You have to understand one thing, and it is to know that the 3D printer works on three Axis x, y, and z. Somehow, if you are not able to properly manage them, and then the machine will not run more effectively. There is a need to take 2 acrylic sheets and make a hole in them. Place them on the wooden sheet at equal distance. Now, you have to insert the threaded screw and join the stepper motor with it. With the help of a syringe, one has to cut both the ends. When the ball pen cap is cut, then you need to enter it in the needle. One can watch the tutorial on any website that shows the ways to set the axis.
- Making a bed for the printer
3D printing needs a properly leveled bed, and if it does not have, then the image will not accurately be formed. You can also make adjustments with the help of the Smartphone. If the level is perfect, then it will show zero in the reading.
- Making z-axis
One has to fix the wooden block with the help of an old DVD player on the X-axis. There are small elements that you have to attach to make z-axis ready to perform, and you can see the images on the 3D printing website to know about the right place to fit those parts.
- Hot end fixing
First, you have to make an extruder, don’t worry as it is easy to make. Now, there is a need to set the hot end with the printer.
- Inserting PLA filament and finishing up
You have to place PLA filament in the extruder to make sure that the element is equal to the nozzle.
To sum up, these are the top steps that you need to follow to make a 3D printer at home. Always choose the right software to run the machine.