Just because I've got nothing better to do with all my free time....
(copy of by blog at http://arduino-pi.blogspot.ca/ )
I got looking at all of the various DIY 3D printers on the market, and got wondering to myself...
Why are there not many hobbyists re-using old All-In-One or Multifunction printers to scavenge parts from?
My gut feel provides two answers....
- Many people have tried and failed... but I see little evidence of this through Google searches.
- The various RepRap kits have made it both affordable and technically possible through decent and thorough documentation to build from a kit, thus no need to do it completely from scratch.
Then I got looking at this DIY 3D printer below , and decided that I need to at least try this.
I visited Kijiji.ca and did a search on cheap Multifunction Printers in my area.
I immediately purchased a functional Brother MFC-7340 for $25
And a Canon Pixma MG-3520 All-In-One Scanner/Printer *NEW in Box* for $20
Between these two printers, I should be able to scavenge the X/Y bed from the scanner intact. Including linear bearings, rods, steppers, gears and belts. I will leave the dimensions as is. I know it will be a bit strange, but... This entire project is a bit strange.
I should also be able to get two Z axis steppers, linear rods/bearings gears and belts as well. I will have to fashion a sturdy support from T-Slot extrusion...
To that end, I purchased some 80/20 T-Slot aluminum extrusion for $40
Then there are the parts that I KNOW that I cannot (should not!) make myself.
The Electronics will be purchased according to RepRap specifications
I will purchase and install a prefab Extruder with Hot end: $95
And will listen to the various recommendations for using a Heated bed: $25
2x recycled printers $ 50
T-Slot framing $ 40
Heated Bed $ 25
Yes, I know I can get a PrintrBot for $300, but mine will be significantly larger...
...and I hope I'll learn more than just frustration along the way. (Yes, I also know there will be frustration to share)
Whether I succeed or fail... I will document the journey here, in photos and possibly some video.
Wish me luck...
If you have tips, recommendations, whatever, please feel free to leave a comment below. (Just don't tell me I'm an id10t ... My wife has well informed me on that aspect...)
My local 3D printer supply company: (local being an hour or so away...)