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3D printers designed and made from 2D printers

July 21, 2015

An image from the framework plan

An image from the framework plan

Designers have proposed producing 3D printers out of parts made from used office printers.

Hackaday reported on the plan to design “3D printers from e-waste”, specifically used office or home printers. The plan is a framework devised for users of computer-aided design (CAD), and was produced by online designers [Masterperson] and [Maaphoo], with the project generating a model of a 3D printer “using motors, shafts and bearings taken from discarded 2D printers”.

The plan also uses Python and FreeCAD software to develop the design, with the site noting that “right now a printer can be configured by adding the parts you have on hand to a configuration file”, which then uses the technology to generate the model and tell you “the files for the parts that need to be printed”, as well as the “placement of these printed parts on an existing printer”.

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Hackaday notes that “no-one wants to design consumer electronics that last longer than a few years”, as the trend is an “ecological disaster, with millions of tonnes of computers, printers, fax machines and cell phones ending up in landfills”. Changing this all “is monumental, but reusing some of this waste can help make a difference”, and the site refers to the plan as a “very cool project”.

The team’s work is “not done yet”, as it is looking “for help to refine the printer designs” and developing further designs, and Hackaday adds that “anything that is explicitly designed to pick the meat off of 2D printers is a great idea, and turning those into real 3D printers is the cherry on top”.

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