Spanish designer, Eneko Montero has designed a mini home 3D printer ‘eGarbigune’ made from recycled computer components that are no longer in use.
Previously, numerous designers used old components from computers, DVD players and CD-Rom drives to build an FFF 3D printer. One of these projects was the eWaste $60 3D printer posted on ‘Instructables.’ This printer was developed using electronic scraps and cost the designer only around $60.
However, Montero decided to take the eWaste machine and iterate upon it, increasing its efficiency and accuracy even further. While initially he intended to only change a few of the design components of the eWaste machine, finally ended up redesigning nearly everything from scratch. He named it as ‘eGarbigune 3D printer,’ which was built under $80 and in completely open source with a large portion of its body being 3D printable itself.
Some of the main attributes which differentiate the eGarbigune machine from the eWaste 3D printer include that this new machine utilizes three CD/DVD drives rather than two, meaning its build envelope is able to be increased. Additionally, no laser cutter or CNC machines are required because the bulk of the parts making up the machine, besides the recycle electronics, can be 3D printed themselves.
Excerpts and image courtesy of 3DPrint.com/video courtesy of Eneko Montero