Instructables user William (W1ll14m) has allowed us to watch the evolution of a veritable work of art. There’s no greater recipe for success in designing than to be able to evaluate your own work and see what has failed and needs work, and to allow all of these processes to help you grow as an artist.
Certainly no one could be harder on himself and his work than William through three iterations of the Lego 3D Printer–a common practice with some of the greatest inventors in history–placing him in good company. With each Lego 3D printer, William has pointed out what he’d like to change, as well as hinting at a new release to come in the near future. It would seem the reward of all that blood, sweat, and hot glue at the 3D printer has paid off with the Lego 3D Printer 3.0.
With only a few months in between iterations, William’s come back to us stronger and faster.
He lays out all the pieces you’ll need for the X and Y axes in a very concise fashion, and even after looking at several of these machines from William, as well as other Lego style 3D printers, it’s still pretty amazing to think that you can take these parts which could have come out of your child’s toy bin and begin a veritable 3D printing mini-factory in your basement, should you wish.
With numerous visuals in William’s Instructable (he’s not big on words here), you’ll be able to figure out how to put together all of the various Lego components that make up this printer, including the doors, which are responsible for its equilibrium.
All the parts are laid out for the Z axis in the Instructable and then you can really see 3.0 coming together in structure. (With the use of Legos, it is truly amazing how easy it is to offer a visual show of what to do in assembly.)
Be sure to come equipped with the integral pieces to the Lego 3D Printer–a glue gun and handy paperclip–as you get ready to put together quite the aesthetically pleasing glue extruder.
“Bend the paper clip in a way that it partially stuffs the hole of the gluegun nozzle,” states William. “This will allow for a more controlled extrusion process.”
Once you have that assembled, the last step is to integrate the software supplied by William. You–and everyone else–are going to be quite pleased not only with the 3D printing ahead of you–but just with the colorful and tidy results demonstrated in the appearance of this printer that also appears to be highly functioning–and indeed, with glue-if William’s posted test results are any indication. Let’s hear your thoughts on this new machine in the Lego 3D Printer 3.0 Forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check it out in action: