In the wild and wonderful land of tinkering there are constant surprises – here‘s a working 3D printer made from IKEA lack tables.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, new and seriously cool new things surface. At All3DP, we’ve seen 3D printers made from used 80’s PCs tower cases, an industrial robot 3D printing… but this IKEA hack is really something special.
If you already heard the story and are just interested building an IKEA Lack table 3D printer, please jump here.
First, a working prototype of the 3D printer surfaced on the 3D Hubs forum just some weeks ago. It was made by 3D Hubs user Wayne from Northampton in the UK. Wayne used two old IKEA “Lack” tables (around $10 each, depending on which country you live in) as a case to add the 3D printer components.
In the first videos you could see the filament spool mounted under the first table, which helped to stabilize the movement of the DIY 3D printer. On the upper “platform” was the real 3D printer. Besides the obvious stepper motors, rods and build plate, Wayne used a E3D V6 volcano and titan extruder, MKS SBase controller and MKS TFT using Smoothieware.
Wayne stated that you’d “be surprised how sturdy this machine is and yet lightweight”. The build of the 3D printer is 340 mm x 310 mm x 300 mm – which is quite big. According to Wayne this was “just the beginning for a cheap large format printer”.
Which brings us to the second iteration. The new model, now properly named “Printtable”, managed to 3D print a rough Marvin keychain (a symbol of the 3D printing movement) in under 4 minutes and a detail 0.1 resolution in 40 minutes using a volcano hot end with 0.6 nozzle.
In the last weeks, the “Printtable” (left) has significantly iterated. It now consists of a cube with an attached filament spool (but you can still put it on a Lack table, if you happen to have a spare.
If you think the price for this IKEA 3D printer is just $9.99 for the Lack table, you should consider twice. All in all, you’ll pay around $400 for the parts, then there’s the time you’ll spend on building the 3D printer. That’s not exactly cheap, but if you consider a Makerbot Replicator Z18 has roughly the same measurements (30 x 30.5 x 45.7 centimeters) and will set you back $6,500, it’s still a steal – and quite some fun to build.
Here’s the “shopping list” for the parts of the printer. If you know what you’re doing, you can replace the parts with cheaper ones.
Next, you need to download and 3D print some parts for your Printtable. If you don’t know someone who can help you out, you should take a look at 3D Hubs or consider having the parts printed by a professional 3D printing service (best price here).
If you’re an experienced builder, you should consider 10-30 hours until the printer’s up and running. And if you’ve built one, please send us some photos for publishing at All3DP!
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