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3D printer from lego

With the development of printing technology the price of 3D-printers continue to drop. 3D-printing device can be purchased for under $400. But for many, the cost of printers remains high, especially for students. This makes the search for new ideas. Engineering students Matthew Krueger distinction of being created 3D-printer from the favorite toy of many children - designer LEGO.

The desire to create their own 3D-printer appeared in Kruger after meeting with the printing device Makerbot, when it has just appeared on the market. The student set out to collect the printer from the available materials at hand. It was decided to use a set of Design LEGO. Hence the name of the self-made 3D-printer.

LEGObot is based on an early version of the Makerbot Replicator, presented in January 2012, and differs from the prototype that prints a hot glue instead of plastic. In addition to bricks LEGO, LegoBot uses components from a set of programmable Lego Mindstorms NXT robots to create.

In the future, Kruger plans to experiment with wax and rubber as consumables. This will expand the functionality of LEGObot. The author describes his development of a prototype and promises to provide the final product later.