Build your own ceramic 3D printer for under $700

A Maker by the name of Johnathan Keep has unveiled a new Ceramic Delta 3D Printer powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560). The build, which only cost about $700, is capable of printing a clay medium opposed to the more traditional plastic filament.

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According to Keep, “The aim of the design was to keep it simple, using basic DIY skills and parts available on the Internet.” And, while the design is specifically created to print clay, it could be adapted to work with other materials, the Maker adds.

Based on ‘delta’ style 3D printers, the DIY design is comprised of modified parts from a Techcon Systems dispensing gun for the extruder — including the gun’s cartridges and retainer body. Compressed air is used to extrude the material from the cartridge and is capable of providing around one hour’s worth of printing before it needs to be replaced.

The Maker elected to equip the printer with an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) in order to drive the three high torque stepper motors to position the guide rods. The rods are held in place using MDF and plastic pieces as a platform and open-frame top to allow for movement while being stable. The project also is controlled by a RAMPS 1.4 set.

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“Annoyed and frustrated by 3D Systems buying out and then stopping the production of the RapMan 3D printer. This was the first kit printer Belgian design duo Unfold adapted to print with clay and has subsequently been copied and widely used by others, I decided to develop my own replacement 3D printer,” the Maker elaborates on his blog. “By 3D printer standards this is a rather primitive tool set, but it does offer an accessible way into a very exciting new way of working with clay.”

For more detailed information on this Maker’s build, head on over to his step-by-step blog post here.

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