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CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer

by Webca, published

CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca Jul 27, 2011

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Description

This has been the ultimate project for me, and is now finally functional after 8 months of blood, sweat and ABS.
It is also made on my 3d printed makerbot ( thingiverse.com/thing:3285 )

The printer can easily get taller by adding more z-elements and replacing z lead-screws and wobble arrester bars. I would then end up with almost 800mm build hight.

It wouldn't surprise me if this is the largest printed multi-piece object, as it is built from 15+ lbs of ABS plastic.

Specs
Footprint: 800x560
Build envelope: 500x300x200+
Platform: Heated with 800W, custom ordered, silicone wire wound element.
- Kapton sheet, custom ordered to fit platform (500x300)
Motors: NEMA 23
Extruder: MakerBot Stepstruder® MK6 Plus
Electronics: MakerBot® Generation 4
Interface: PC/Mac or MakerBot® Gen 4 Interface Board Kit v1.1
Motion: all axis uses linear bearings for smooth motion.

Build duration: 8 months
Plastic used: 15+ lbs
Price: 3000$ (approx.)

Video of the printer in action: youtube.com/watch?v=Cx2OUO-aSFQ

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Can you post a complete BOM for this? Thanks!

How about a 3D printed Ultimaker now? :-P

Thank you for your kind words.

Such praise from a design-student really means a lot to me:)

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GNU - GPL
CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Instructions

I have uploaded one file containing all pieces, as i cant imagine someone else making this. If there is some element of this build you want me to post an stl off, just send me an email or use the commenting system:)

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98mkiv on Feb 28, 2013 said:

Can you post a complete BOM for this? Thanks!

polymaker on Oct 20, 2011 said:

How about a 3D printed Ultimaker now? :-P

sirmakesalot on Aug 20, 2011 said:

Wow! I have come and looked at this for some time now and shown alot of people at my school and it never ceases to amaze me; the time, effort and money spent. If you were a design student this would have made a killer thesis! Too bad the parts have to be so small but it adds to its narrative and awesomeness. Your cupcake is equally astonishing. Again so much time represented. Hats off to you my good man!

Webca on Aug 20, 2011 said:

Thank you for your kind words.

Such praise from a design-student really means a lot to me:)

rnakata808 on Aug 7, 2011 said:

nice

Webca on Aug 5, 2011 said:

Yes, this is adhesive backed film type kapton. A kapton board would probably be a lot lighter than the thick aluminum plate i am currently using, but i don't know how well it would heat up then;)

Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 said:

What about using pop rivets instead of screws?

Webca on Aug 5, 2011 said:

Pop rivets is more of a permanent solution. This project is a prototype, and several things have been changed during the 8 month build. So drilling out rivets every time something need to be changed was definitively out of the question:)

Linkreincarnate on Aug 3, 2011 said:

How is printing on kapton sheet for you? Is that the quarter inch thick stuff or just like the tape only bigger? I was thinking of using it for a printer I'm working on...

Webca on Aug 3, 2011 said:

I got the same thickness as the makerbot HBP. And the sheet is in one piece, not several tape lenghts.

The thickness is 5 Mil (125
µm)

I am very happy with printing on kapton:)

tim1986 on Aug 3, 2011 said:

Webca you are amazing!! Great work!

This looks similar to the prototype design for the maker wave. This could have all the panels laser cut.

What was the most expensive part(or parts if many were used)?

How many bolts did you use?? :-D

-Tim

Webca on Aug 3, 2011 said:

Thanks:)

Where can i find info about the maker wave?

The most expensive part is definitively the heater element for the platform.

I lost count on the bolts a long time ago, but its alot;)

cyborg527 on Aug 1, 2011 said:

So this pretty much has the same aim of the Reprap project? The plastic alone for this must cost about $180 right? Pretty cool though.

Webca on Aug 1, 2011 said:

No, not really. It was more a personal challenge to see if i could do it:)

The Reprap is a cost-efficient and easy way to get a 3d printer, my project is not.

I cant imagine this machine to catch on as a DIY 3d printer, but if so people should use other materials to reduce build time.

graphmastur on Jul 30, 2011 said:

How many build plates do yo think this would take to build itself again?

Webca on Jul 30, 2011 said:

Im guessing somewhere between 20-30.

GWJax on Jul 29, 2011 said:

CUBE printing has started!!! Just 750+ parts to print. I'm loving it. Thanks again Webca. BTW I breaking it down with 3DS Max Design 2012 on the trial version.. I love this program but not for $3,500.00 US Ouch!! I tried Blender but I just could not find a way to break it apart, Oh well..

Jax

Keavon on Aug 16, 2011 said:

To break apart an object, select the vertices you want (the object basically. Tip: Use the 'b' key to select everything in a dragged square) and push 'p' to separate it.

Webca on Jul 29, 2011 said:

Nice:)

Are you going with the same color scheme? If you encounter any problems with the build, don't hesitate sending me a message ;)

dombeef on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Wow, it was popular in one day!

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Yea, i'm loving it :-D

TheMakerGuy on Jul 28, 2011 said:

This heater must be 120v or 220v to do 800w I think.

Anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 said:

This is awasome dude!! :P

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Thank you, nabo;)

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Thanks:)

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Thanks:)

makerraf on Jul 28, 2011 said:

great! And I thought I was impressed by the 3d printed makerbot...thinking you could event top this one makes me scared!

Could you post the printable parts files individually (or as zip) just for the sake of completeness? Maybe somebody is mad enough to print that machine, too! ;-)

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Don't be scared, i come in peace;)

I regret not organizing the files during the build, as i couldn't imagine anyone else making this. Now that i am "finished", i lack the motivation required to make the individual pieces ready for printing, as it is probably a full days work.

Maybe if someone else makes this they will send the fil
es to me, so i can add them to this page:)

TheRuttmeister on Jul 28, 2011 said:

You Sir, are quite frankly, mad.

Well done.

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Thanks, but i assure you, i am sane;)

owais on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Simply Beast. Awesome work!

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Thanks:)

MagicDan on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Just when I was starting to get lazy, I see this. No wonder we haven't seen anything from you in a while.

You sir, are an inspiration! Awesome work.

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Thanks:)

4ndy on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Wow. That's a hell of a lot of bolts.

I guess you were quite determined not to build that large case out of MDF boards...

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Yes.

I loved making the makerbotted makerbot, and this is kind of the same concept, only times ten;)

sirmakesalot on Jul 28, 2011 said:

It looks like an industry machine. far cry from a hobby version. Dare I say, Iprinter? I think it's a job well done! Can you post a couple of prints?

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Thanks:)

For testing the machine i have just made small pieces, so nothing to show for the moment. But when i make something worth showing i will absolutely upload it:)

dombeef on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Wow, so are you going to use this 3d printed printer to make a bugger 3d printed printer? And then use that 3d printed printer to make a bigger 3d printed printer? And use that bigger 3d printed printer to make another bigger 3d printed printer that will print a biggerer 3d printer that will print me a house?

Phew, that gave me a headache!

Anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 said:

its a good thing he does not have a laser cutter...

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

yea, wouldn't that be something :-D

jballard on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Amazing!

Zomboe on Jul 28, 2011 said:

Kinda looks like a microwave or toaster oven.

I think you should try frying an egg on the heated platform :).

Webca on Jul 28, 2011 said:

I bet it could;)

Anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 said:

THAT IS INSANE!!! I love it!

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Thanks

beak90 on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Its like an upside down scaled up thingomatic!

MakerBlock on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Incredible, man. This is amazing!

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Thanks:)

Roboteernat on Jul 27, 2011 said:

I want to send you a printed 'WOW' this is amazing!

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

ha ha, thanks ;)

shay1978 on Jul 27, 2011 said:

How big is it ?

How big can it print ?

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Now all the specs are added.. Cant believe i forgot to paste it in the description.

Thanks for reminding me:)

watsdesign on Jul 27, 2011 said:

omg, that's... wow
ôo
I don't know if it can fit in the gada-prize but it's always nice to see a 3d printed 3dprinter ;)

GWJax on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Had to flatter this one and to the designer so a double whammy here... This is a printer I really want to print out. I was just getting ready to print out the Cupcake until I seen this one. It has everything I want in a printer and more. PLEASE post or e-mail me the complete STL files.. I have a bunch of plastic wanting to be printed into something worthwhile and this is it..

Jax :-D

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Thank you:) Great that you like the design.

I dont have every little piece made as an STL, as i was pretty sure no one would ever make this. If i where you, i would make it out of plexi-glass so it would become unique.

Otherwise you can pick apart the files i have added here, and start printing away;)

If you decide on building one, you can contact me whenever you need any help:)

Nudel_P on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Jeg mangler ord... Awesome!

I do have one question though, how many nuts and bolts did you use to hold the frame together?

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Takk;)

Who knows... I lost count a long time ago. But its ALOT..

PieterBos on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Wauw this is a insane print ;-) nobody will hit the [I made one] button on this one 8-)

TheMakerGuy on Jul 27, 2011 said:

I wouldn't say that.....

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

I'm sure youre right;)

nothinginsiide on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Recursive factory ! =-O

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

In reverse;)

Misguided on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Wow! First the 3D printable cupcake, now this. I'm really digging the look for this.

danielpublic on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Sweet zombie jebus!!! 15lbs(6kg) is.. yes indeed a lot of plastic in motion/extruded...

Roughly, how much printing material would one need for the "bare necessities" do you think? I am sure that a 'vitamins list' would earn you some karmapoints! :)

I guess there is quite a few areas where the material could be exchanged for something one could "cut" like this: http://forums.reprap.org/read.... (metal)

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

I guess you could make the machine in any material you like, even without printing a single piece.

The vitamins are the "usual":
Rods, bars, plexi, screws, bolts, belts etc.

Do you contemplate on making one of these?

laszlo on Jul 27, 2011 said:

So, its like a makerbot in a printed shell... :-P

Fido on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Wow! Very professional looking.

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Thanks :)

webghost on Jul 27, 2011 said:

omg =-O

PolygonPusher on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Wow! This is nothing short of amazing! :) Nice work.

I would suggest that you also provide the 3D file as a STL file. Not all have 3ds Max as a 3D software.

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

STL file provided:)

PhillyDee on Jul 27, 2011 said:

You win 1 internet. Please collect your prize at the nearest phone socket.

This is truly excellent work! You have to use this to build another one . . . . etc. etc.

Webca on Jul 27, 2011 said:

Ha ha, i think the "family three" ends here. But who knows what the future will bring;)

charlespax on Jul 27, 2011 said:

I'm amazed... :)

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