What is the cheapest possible, real 3D printer you can buy without making one compromise after the other? That’s the question we’re asking by building a Prusa i3 MK2-style 3D printer that comes with most of the important features of the original one from Josef Prusa and requires a bit more work for sourcing and building the machine, but most importantly, we’re going to build it only with the most affordable set of parts.
As it turns out, copyright has a lot less power in the 3D printing space than I thought… Intellectual property has many faces – if you don’t know about them, it’s trivial to infringe on someone else’s rights. Here are the most important things to know about Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and how Open Source fits in.
Brain swapping! The Atom 2.0 Delta 3D printer will become home to a new mainboard, the fast, shiny 32-bit Smoothieboard! We’ll try and see how much it can speed up the complex math required for this sort of 3D printer, and just for good measure, we’ll also throw on an Android table to control the entire contraption with a touchscreen.
Building a RepRap-style 3D Printer without buying a full kit is still the purist’s way to go – it’s the cheapest and most flexible way of acquiring a 3D printer, but there are a lot of chances where stuff can go wrong. In this mini-series i’ll try to cover the most important spots while Luk builds his iTopie i3! iTopie i3 Herculien Repository and Community