ARTIC 3D Printer using Arduino Mega
Finding it very hard to assemble the 3D Printer he just bought, Dokyoon Kim decided to build and design his own: the easiest 3D printer that non-expert people could use. All the structures were made by a 3D printer using also other components such as the Arduino Mega 2560, Ultra crystal LCD, Step Motor, E3D Nozzle, power supply, etc. Even if the project is not an open source yet, his creator has the will to make it an open project, to let anybody improve the model in their own way.
Dokyoon Kim started his project alone but was soon joined by 1 hardware and 2 software engineers two months later. The team Lapis was born on June 20th, 2015:
- Dokyoon Kim: Team leader, ARTIC developer and designer. Hardware and software engineer.
- Jeoungmin Yoon : Software engineer, Cura source analyzer.
- Jieun Yoon : Software engineer, Cura source analyzer.
- Jaewan Park : Hardware engineer, 3D scanner project analyzer.
It didn’t take long at all to make the project real. Their first prototype was made in July and the final packaging was already finished on September 5th. The main idea behind the 3D printer project, was greatly inspired by the LEGO assembling process; make it simple and easy.
« We designed our 3D printer in a way, to be easy to assemble but also fun to assemble, so that our printer would be familiar to the other 3D printers on the market.
Moreover, a maker or a professional should be able to easily modify our 3D printer. For example, if they want to expand the printer’s size, then they have to print the ARTIC’s bottom part and assemble it! If the user wants to get his own 3D Printer, then he can modify or design the ARTIC 3D object file in the way he wants to. He can even modify the printer’s software with the Arduino Mega 2560! » said Dokyoon Kim.
The Lapis team is currently making a “test sale” with the assembling kit and the education instructions. But for now it is only available in Korea. They are planning to open a purchasing site through their Facebook timeline. For now it costs 380 thousand Won (KRW) and around 349$ US dollar but it might change a little bit. As they want to “make the lowest3D Printer cost”, what is fore sure is that it won’t be more expensive than now.
The ARTIC printer is 320mm (12.6 inches) tall and the printing volume is 185x155x150mm (7.3x6.1x5.9inches).
- Layer height: 0.05mm ~ 0.3mm
- Filament Type: PLA Only
- Extruding Type: Bowden
- Structure: almost 3D printed parts + steel sticks
« We hope that many people will use our 3D printer to get more familiar to the 3D printing technology. But most of all we really hope that our 3D printer will not be an equipment for experts but a toy for people! » Dokyoon Kim.
For more information about the 3D printer subscribe to the Lapis team Facebook page or directly write them a mail.