3D Printing (archived)

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Lab 3D Printers

FamiLAB has a few members who are interested in 3D printing and the community surrounding it. Since most of the consumer-level 3D printers (RepRap, MakerBot, etc.) use the same methods of operation, we help each other out in getting our machines up and running, and keeping them operational. We are looking into holding some sort of meetings for those interested in the FDM method of 3D printing, or who would like to print parts they have designed. For now, here is a list of members who have 3D printers or are in the process of building them:



Chorca originally joined FamiLAB after working with Mack to produce sets of RepRap parts. He has a standard Mendel printer, BreepBroop.


BreepBroop (nickname) is a standard RepRap Mendel design 3D FDM printer. Chorca is currently working on rebuilding it with newer components.


Ian - Digitalman2112 has built a MakerGear Prusa-style RepRap Mendel named Phineas.


Phineas (nickname) was built from a a MakerGear Prusa Mendel Kit. Digitalman2112 RepRap has printed some small basic objects, but requires work to get fully operational. He plans to get it fully up and running in the coming weeks. Ian documented his build over on his RaisingGeeks blog.


Warning, I make mistakes, and sometimes the mistakes stay in the photos - don't use these as your only reference :)

Build Photos - Main Album

Build Photos - RAMPS

Build Photos - End Stops

Build Photos - Heated Build Platform

MakerGear Prusa Build Instructions - These are a complement to the Visual Prusa Instructions

Old picture of the Mackerbot shortly after installing the Wade's


Mack has a MakerBot CupCake 3D printer. He originally purchased it to build the parts for a RepRap, which he did, however, he is now looking to a newer version to build.


Mackerbot (nickname) is a slightly modified MakerBot Cupcake printer. It has had it's Gen 2 extruder replaced with a Wade's extruder, and the hot end is a MakerGear Power Resistor. It uses modified Stepper Driver 3.0's, and has a TechZone extruder controller. Mack is currently in the process of installing a Low Rider kit to improve the build height capabilities.


Da3v has built a Prusa Mendel which is close to working properly, if not already is.

Prusa Mendel

Da3v's machine is mostly working at this point, more information about it to be filled in later by him.