It sounds like the intro to a bad joke, but the answer is yes—sort of. Over the past few years, 3D printers have become increasingly sophisticated. Today’s models can print objects in a variety of materials and colors, and can even “print” other 3D printers. But what if you wanted to 3D print a 3D printer that could print other 3D printers?
It’s possible to 3D print a 3D printer that can then print other 3D printers—sort of. To do this, you need a 3D printer that has the ability to print in multiple materials, such as plastic and metal. The printer begins by printing the frame of the next 3D printer—say, a plastic frame for a 3D printer that will print in metal. The printer then prints the plastic frame of the new 3D printer, and then the process is repeated until the final 3D printer is printed in metal. it’s actually not that hard! In fact, the process only requires four simple steps:
Step 1: Print an extra copy of the 3d printer
Step 2: Cut and glue together the two halves to form a complete 3d printer
Step 3: Print three copies of one of the printer’s gears
Step 4. Print a copy of the remaining gears
Then you can use your new 3d printer to print a copy of itself. The best part is, it will only cost you some extra plastic and electricity, no special equipment needed!
The plan (see below) shows how to build your own 3d printer that can make a copy of itself. It uses just three generic bricks and one special brick that holds the platform in the air while printing. The screws, hinge and axles are also generic parts found in any Lego set. You can complete the printer in just two hours.
Can 3D printers make anything?
Ever since 3D printers hit the market, people have been asking “”can this printer make anything?”” The answer is a definitive YES. Just give it a few minutes to create whatever you need. Sure, there are limitations of what type of material and how detailed the design can be… but that’s all up to you!
And that’s just tip of iceberg when it comes to 3D printers and their benefits. Even if you don’t currently own one, or are not sure about getting one…
How do I 3D print a 3D printer?
If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on a 3D printer, now’s your chance. But how do you actually 3D print a 3D printer? And what type of material can it use?
This informative and factual blog post tells you everything that you need to know about how to 3D print a 3D printer. You’ll learn about the different types of materials that can be used as well as where they can be bought.
What can you not print with a 3D printer?
3D printing can now be used for medical implants, rockets, prosthetic limbs, and even to build houses. But what can’t you print with a 3D printer?
This blog post takes a look at what is possible to print with one of the most compelling new inventions of our era. From body parts to granite countertops, learn what’s next in the world of 3D printing and how it will revolutionize how we live.
Can you make a 3D printer at home?
In this blog post, I’m going to talk about 3D printing and the self-replicating machines that are more and more available for sale. The most commonly-seen versions of a 3D printer are expensive, specialized pieces of machinery set up with very precise paper feeds and high production speeds. But do you really need all these features? Can you make a 3D printer at home?
I will answer that question in this blog post.
Can a 3D printer print another 3D printer?
3D printers have been in the news a lot lately, and it’s hard to tell where all the new technologies are leading. Will we be able to print an entire house with a 3D printer? Maybe one day! But for now, we can talk about one of the most recent trends: 3D printing another 3D printer.
In today’s post, I am going to walk you through an example project â€” building a tiny car from scratch using CAD software like SketchUp.
What software do I need for a 3D printer?
3D printers have become increasingly popular in recent years, but with these devices soaring in popularity, many people are left asking what software do I need for a 3D printer. The truth is that the answer varies on what type of machine you want to use.