Build a 3D Printer

Learning Objectives:
– Practice assembling a moderately complex electromechanical device
– Learn the details of how your printer operates

Build a 3D printer from a kit. For this assignment you are being asked to demonstrate the basic operation of your machine by doing the following:

  • Moving each axis (x, y and z) independently
  • Homing (all axis)
  • Printing a test object — specifically, the “0.5mm-thin-wall.stl” file from the “Essential Calibration Set” (posted to Thingiverse by coasterman as:

Turning Your Project In

This assignment will be peer graded on a pass/fail basis. To turn in your completed assignment find another student in class to certify that you have fulfilled the requirements above and have them send me an email by the end of the day the assignment is due.


[credit for this assignment goes to Scott Hudson, whose plan & text I borrowed]

Case Study: 3D Printing in the Developing World


There is so much more on this topic! Some of the readings I set aside (possibly for a second case study later this quarter) include: