You are going to get me in trouble since i didn’t add everything up and told my wife “it will just be a few hundred”.
… but… $500 seems about right.
$140 for the Aluminum w/shipping (i ordered Black which is more $$)
$80 for a genuine E3D v6 hotend.
$50 for the motors.
$40 for the nuts/bolts (keep an eye out for coupons from Mr. Metric)
$40 for heatbed + Aluminum build plate.
$25 for Linear Rails
$20 for the Arduino w/Ramps 1.4 board
$20 for PSU
$100 for bits-and-bobs (gears, GT2 belts, bearings, end stops, wires)
I didn’t order anything from China like the ‘Bill of Materials’ recommends. You could definitely get that price lower by ordering some of the parts from China but i don’t like to wait. You could also save a large chunk of $$ by going with a lower cost hotend to start with.
Wow! Thanks! I could have my own little MakerSpace… With a J-Tech laser added. Seriously…
On a side note, and not to hijack the thread, but ever since I started seriously researching building my own CNC machine, I’ve always been a little frustrated that you need a CNC machine to build a CNC machine, and forum members have 3D printed a lot of parts for their XC’s. While looking at the BOM, it appears that you need to 3D print a lot of the bits for your 3D printer. Sigh…
Then we’re just one step away from machines replicating themselves…
Actually… my plan is to attach a J-Tech laser to the new 3D printer. My X-Carve is covered in sawdust all the time and I’d prefer not to burn down my house
IMHO the best way to get into 3D printing is to buy a simple ~$200 Prusa i3 kit from eBay. If you decide its something you want to keep messing with then you can always upgrade (aka… print your own parts for a better printer).
Both the Prusa and my new printer fall under the ‘RepRap’ umbrella… And the first line on the RepRap website says: RepRap is humanity’s first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine.
I have also been tinkering with the thought of building a 3D printer from CNC-made parts. Might be fun (read time consuming) project to modify the C/D-bot to be made from CNC parts. The real question is what to call it?