Build your own e-waste 3D printer for $120


As the saying goes: One man’s trash is another Maker’s 3D printer.


Electronic waste (or e-waste for short) is an interesting side-effect of our high-tech world. Sure, your Pentium II computer was still pretty cool after it survived “Y2K,” but by 2010 or so it was probably in a landfill. Making this even more wasteful is the fact that there were probably working motors and mechanical components that could have been salvaged from it. If there were a good way to collect these components, and something they could easily be used on, that might make a dent in e-waste.

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Though it might not solve the world’s pollution problems, this 3D printer, made in part with e-waste, at least lets people reuse some of the good parts from old computers. Per this project’s excellent writeup: “By upcycling e-waste such as old DVD drives and PC power supplies, the Curiosity not only costs less than $150, but also educates children and adults about e-waste, environmental issues, recycling and upcycling while learning everything about 3D printing!”

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The kit that they have available includes a laser-cut frame and an Arduino Mega (ATmega2560) with a RAMPS shield for print control. You, as the end-user, need to supply two DVD drives and a floppy drive, as well as a power supply and tools. I could definitely see this printer being quite a bit of work to build, since you have to “harvest” parts, but coming in at just under $150, their build kit is attractively-priced and should teach you quite a bit about how a 3D printer works.

3 thoughts on “Build your own e-waste 3D printer for $120

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  3. Nina Bradley

    Wonderful idea! I feel awful when I have to throw away old electronics. I know that the e-waste cause very serious environmental problem because of the many components that don’t break down. Nowadays people create a lot of e-waste and this isn’t good so we need cool and fresh ideas that can give us clue what to do with our e-waste instead of throwing it on the landfills! Thank you for the post!

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