3D Printer Project 

This page is a document describing my 3D printer project. The idea is to create a 3D printer from scratch that can print metals directly onto a part from a 3D model. It is a Rostock style printer that is made mostly from aluminum. This style of printer is also called a "linear delta" printer. It's linear becasue it has 3 parallel columns and delta becasue the position of a slider on each column determines the location of the print head in 3 dimentions. The print volume is about 15" diameter by 24" tall.


I have gotten quite far into making the actual frame of the printer. The next step is to get the electronics working. 


This is a whole bunch of links that I have used at one point or another and found useful. They are in no particular order, but the names are pretty descriptive. If you find something that cannot be reached from here, but is useful for the subject at hand, feel free to contact me here.

3D printer links

RepRap Forums

RepRap - RepRapWiki



Think3DPrint3D : eMAKERshop

Pololu Robotics and Electronics

Mouser Electronics - Electronic Components Distributor

Tap Drill Sizes

Drill Bit Size Chart

HeeksCAD and HeeksCNC

Free 3D CAD software | CAD/ CAM/ CAE/ PDM software

AnyCAD.Net – The Open 3D Modeling and Vis Platform!

PyCAM - Toolpath Generation for 3-Axis CNC machining


ReplicatorG is a simple, open source 3D printing program - ReplicatorG

GCODE Generators - ReplicatorG

25 (Free) 3D Modeling Applications You Should Not Miss

Links that have to do with casting forges.

The Home Machinist! • Index page

Ron Reil Forge and Burners

Zoeller Forge Home Page Gas Forge parts, Atmospheric Burners, and Blacksmithing

Alloy Avenue


BCS - Budget Casting Supply

Lindsay Publications Books Available

Fun with Molten Metal

Casting Accessories



Aluminum Foundry, sand casting: My foundry Clips

MarksWorx A Collection of Adventures

How To Set Up A Hobby Foundry

Hobby Foundry, Hobby Metal Casting, Home Foundry, Backyard Metalcasting, Hobby Foundry Tips

The Hobby Foundry Site,Metal Casting,Backyard foundry,hobby metal casting,backyard metalcasting,hobbycasting,sandcasting

ARMADILLO CLAY - Equipment, Tools & Glass

Metals - Melting Temperatures

Small Foundry Supply | Casting Supplies and Equipment

Home Iron Foundry, Small Cupolas

Canfield & Joseph, Inc: Foundry and Industrial Supplies: Crucibles

Asbury Carbons - The World's Carbon and Graphite Source - Crucibles

Plaster Powder VOHP (Version “Out of the bag” HydroPerm)

Enco - Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Machinery, Tools and Shop Supplies

Great document on making cores