3D printer fabrication with CNC machine

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3D printer fabrication with CNC machine

There are a decent number of hobbyists out there who build their own machines from parts instead of buying a whole one. Some folks enjoy buying individual parts from the store or suppliers to build the machine from scratch while others just want to buy a DIY kit and assemble that; your options regarding these choice might be limited depending on what type of machine you are working with and what kinds of options are available for that type of machine. S hobbyists who already have a CNC machine, 3D printer or something similar may want to try other machines out but find that buying or building a whole new machine is outside of their budget. If you are creative enough you can build just about anything using your machines so why not 3D print a CNC machine, or use a CNC machine to make a 3D printer?

making CNC and 3D printer

making CNC and 3D printer

Your first potential limitation with a project like this is going to be size. Look at the largest part of the machine you want to make. However big you can make that part on your existing machine will determine the size you have to work with on your new project. Do not limit yourself if the size looks too small; any creative machinist can figure out how to attach smaller parts together and jury rig what they need. You do not have to print 100% of the parts you are using with a 3D printer either.

Doing so can work and is nifty but there is nothing wrong with going to the store and getting some regular screws instead of trying to make your own. And you will not be able to 3D print everything you need to get the machine up and running either; you are still going to need to hook the finished machine up to a computer, get ahold of some CAD/CAM software, etc. There is a handy, detailed Instructable that highlights this type of project (http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-printed-CNC-mill/?ALLSTEPS) and contains a number of files you can use to 3D print their CNC mill before trying to design a project of your own from scratch. This is definitely one of the more complicated projects 3D printer owners can undertake and requires skills outside of the usual programming that most 3D printer projects utilize.

On the other end of the spectrum, a CNC machine can be used to make a 3D printer. While the exact technical specifications are fairly different, the general process is very similar to 3D printing a CNC machine. You will make certain parts of the 3D printer yourself using a CNC machine and then assemble the printer, similar to a DIY kit that is homemade. How you go about this project, as well as how you design the CNC machine, will differ from user to user depending on what type of CNC machine you are using. Whereas all 3D printers produce fairly similar results, this project could change dramatically depending on if you use a router, mill, laser cutter, etc.

Generally you will want to focus on using your CNC machine to produce the most expensive parts of the 3D printer. Little things, like fasteners, are more easily bought than made a lot of the time. In addition to making a 3D printer or a CNC machine, it is also possible to make a single machine that is a hybrid of both. The most notable example is BuilderBot (www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controlled-CNC-3D-Printer/), an open source project for a CNC Mill-3D Printer hybrid. While this project was not necessarily intended to be made using mostly other machines it would certainly be possible to do so, at least partially.

With a hybrid machine at your disposal you could use it to build a dedicated CNC machine or 3D printer for yourself and others as well, maybe even making a handy little business out of it or just adding another fun type of project to your hobby.

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3D printer making with CNC machine
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