When we think about 3D printing, it usually means printing a complex object for use or display. But what about printing 3D printer parts that are broken by everyday use? Besides buying and replacing the old parts, it is better to print them. In that way, it is environmentally and economically better.
It is impossible to print each part of the 3D printer, such as electronic components, so 3D printing a printer; you print each part possible to print. After printing the parts, you need to assemble the printer by yourself. Producing 3D printers on themselves is possible for plastic 3D printing only. Other types such as liquid resin, ceramic, or metal 3D printers could not be produced this way. Producing your 3D printer parts will help you in learning your 3D printer inside and out. You will gain knowledge and become an expert in any significant problems or repairs on your 3D printer. This learning process is long, so if you need a functioning machine for a major project, buy new parts or a new 3D printer. The chances are that it will be more dependable than the one you construct yourself and need more time to test it.
When you need some part, you can look at the old part, draw it, and then print it. Or, if you want, you can look at some websites that already have prepared files for your 3D printer parts. Besides your own 3D printer, you can make any other. One of the interesting project of making a 3D printer is The Mulbot.
Dr. Adrian Bowyer invented the first self-replicating 3D printer through the RepRap project. His first functional machine, called the RepRap “Darwin” with 50% of self-replicated parts, was unveiled in 2008. This project used the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printing technology, with plastic 3D printing materials.
RepRap was voted the most significant 3D-printed object in 2017. With this recognition, people think that the most important thing you can print on a 3D printer is another 3D printer – and that is the momentous reason for the RepRap project.