CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca

CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca

CUBE -The 3D printed 3D printer by Webca

Thingiverse champion Webca has done it again.  First he printed an entire Cupcake CNC on his Cupcake CNC.  Now, he’s used that printed printer to print another printer.  His creation has a much larger build area, linear bearings, custom heated build platform, used more than 15 pounds of plastic, cost around $3,000.00 (which I’m sure does not include his time) and eight months of printing.  Webca suggests this might be the largest multi-print to date.  He’s got me convinced.

Here’s a video of it in action:

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  • graphmastur
    July 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I saw this early, and was wondering how long it was going to take until it got featured. What shocks me the most is how it was printed on a printed printer. Then I saw webca designed it and said “oh, of course it’d be him”.

    So what’s next, eh? A makerbot printable all in one go-around?

  • Glen
    July 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    This project is a nice example of ingenuity and i do like the design and concept


    Is there a limit to how far you take printing a printer? where do you draw the line and say “it would be faster and cheaper to use a Laser cutter” (and then work on a 3d printable laser cutter…)

    Maybe if it was made into a mold! Molds seem to work best on large parts where pinpoint accuracy and a smooth finish isn’t needed. molds are also fast and very very cheap 🙂

    • MakerBlock
      July 28, 2011 at 5:26 am

      @Glen: Webca’s achievement isn’t amazing because it is the most economical or efficient way to create a 3D printer. It’s amazing because he has pushed the limits of what is possible to create with a 3D printer.

  • mrbug
    July 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    P R I N T C E P T I O N

  • UsMakers2Be
    December 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    The first thing I did when I received a Cupcake, a behest from a friend who fought cancer for 8 years, my first thought was “OK, how do I make it bigger without spending too many dollars? Answers 1- try to update it to the current Makebot, then: The head is fantastic – all it needs is a bigger box, larger, super-accurate (if must) steppers (I was also left a Calcomp plotter, hmm… possibly support slides in addition to tbe Best Fine-Thread screw rods the motors will take, and then they do it FIRST.

    Concerning “but how big is it worth going?” What have you got to do all night while something in the basement is churning out copies of old LPs? Or “My Perfect Computer Case nobody else sees that way … A laser-cutter is fine, but it, like all other CNC cutting methods is inherently wasteful taking a big chunk of marble and ‘removing anything that is not part of the sculpture leaves you with a lot of marble dust.

    Seems to us the only thing you can do with scrap plastic is build a heated funnel at the end of a tube with a ram on it and shoot it through a precision nozzle.

    When our beast is up and running, we’re thinking of making (after tuning) an accurate model of that little ancient eclipse &c. predictor /orrey. right now, many of the gears would have to be composite parts, carefully attached to each other. But with a BIG Machine …


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