IN THIS CHAPTER
Locating materials to build your printer
Building the frame
Putting together the axis
This chapter discusses where to locate suitable materials or buy a 3D-printer kit. We look at building up the frames of both delta- and Cartesian-style 3D printers. We show you how the machine motion and sensing operations work, and prepare you for wiring and incorporating the electronics discussed in Chapter 13.
Although this chapter covers a lot of ground, it shouldn’t be considered to be a full build guide for a specific printer. Instead, it should further assist you in selecting the most suitable machine to build for yourself.
For a new user, two of the most daunting things about RepRap are collecting the raw materials required to build the 3D printer and then trying to identify whether what you’ve found is suitable to use.
As we discuss earlier in this book, building up your own 3D printer is well worth the effort. Buying one that’s already assembled may sound like a good idea, but in reality, you ...