Man With 3-D Printer Prints 3-D Printer That Prints 3-D Printer That Prints 3-D Printer

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TORONTO — Unemployed auto mechanic Trevor Braithwaite couldn’t afford a new 3-D printer, so he had to get creative.

“I went to Costco and bought a $5,000 3-D printer on MasterCard,” he told the Toronto Star.

“Then I went home and unpacked it, keeping all the bubble wrap and so on. Within five hours I had printed my own 3-D printer with $47 worth of ink and plastic glop, repackaged the original and returned it to the store for a refund.”

And his creativity didn’t stop there.

“With my new printer I printed another,” he continued, “and then set the two of them printing two more. I’m going into the 3-D printer business. I’ll undercut Costco by a few hundred bucks and make a fortune. ”

“They’re breeding like rabbits in my basement.”

In reply to a CBC request for comment, a red-faced Costco spokesman shrugged and said simply, “It was bound to happen.”

Leo Thradington
Reportering for The Lapine


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Man With 3-D Printer Prints 3-D Printer That Prints 3-D Printer That Prints 3-D Printer — 55 Comments

  1. Isn’t it wonderful when all your workers starve to death because of all the illegals you brought in to lower their wages?

  2. My apologies, I just realized I posted that comment to the wrong article. Tabbed browsing, LOL! Anyways, feel free to delete it.

  3. ” I’ll undercut Costco by a few hundred bucks and make a fortune. ” Yes, because the only thing that stopped people from buying a $5000 printer was a few hundred dollars off

    • A decent RepRap 3D printer can be produced for $300-500 USD including the electronics and stepper motors. My co-author from “3D Printing for Dummies” created the 3DR RepRap design that is very easy to create, while Quentin’s design for the RepRap Morgan is approaching 100$ USD although the electronics are still the most costly part.

    • 3D Printers can print anything you want, they have 3D printers that print metal, and also 3D printers than can print organic material suchs as food and even human cells.

      • 3D Printers can actually print metals but probably not the one he bought for $5,000. Those cost closer to $110,000 and I have a feeling they have a harsher return policy than Costco. Also if you print the machine the internal chips that run the software would not be loaded with data from your “new printer”

      • You’re an idiot, a $5,000 printer can print the bare bones of a 3d printer. No printer can print the wires, circuits, extruder head etc. You clearly have never touched a 3d printer in your life. This story is bullshit.

        • Right now, a few 3D printers are trying to create integrated electrical circuits but the actual integrated circuits are still beyond their capability. Usually, people print connection elements for one of the more common DIY 3D Printers – Fab@Home and RepRap are the most common lines of home-made 3D Printers. The least expensive electonic controls are Arduino Mega+RAMPS boards with Pololu stepper motor controllers (~45-55 USD at Ebay for the last several sets I got) but I usually go with a smaller single board like the RAMBO, which costs closer to $90 each.

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  5. But aren’t there a lot of electronics (ie, circuit boards, etc.) inside the 3-D printer that actually makes it work? You can make the plastic parts all day long, but without the electronic “brains” you have lots of plastic stuff that looks like a 3-D Printer. Or am I missing something?

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  7. did you all look at the articles on this site?! lol

    I think they get their facts from the onion.
    ;-)

    I wouldnt take anything on this site serious.

  8. how do you print a 3d printer? you need to print the circuitry and electronics as well and know how to assemble them. It involves circuit board printing and use of silicon…

  9. Duh, why not just print some money with it and then buy more nice ones? Doesn’t he know the copies will degrade with each recopy? :p

  10. I have been working for one year as an artist in a Montreal fablab. We build 3d printers from 3d printers …This is simply technically possible … I want to meet this wounderfull man buy one from him … so i’m go’ne take my canadian passport, croos the canadian board between quebec and Canada, and try to buy one from him !
    … : ) Thanks for : “They’re breeding like rabbits in my basement.”
    In reply to a CBC request for comment, a red-faced Costco spokesman shrugged and said simply, “It was bound to happen.”
    Leo Thradington … my friends and i are having so much fun on Facebook …. !!!!!!!: )

    • The self-replicating part is fun, which is why I got RichRap (Richard Horne) to write the RepRap segment of “3D Printing for Dummies”. He had pretty much tried out every variation of the RepRap out there, but I work with hackerspaces and school all over to build new 3D printers for their mambers using starter 3D printers. Print the connectors, then buy basic hardware for the framework, add in electronics and stepper motors and you have another 3D Printer.

      • so you are Kirk Hausman the author himself ! I’m honored really … so to your co-writer Richard Horne … you could be interested to write to Stephane Rousseau , robotique sequencing , builder and conceptor of echo rap and working on geant printers or Olivier Smiljanic, fablabinc working on carbone giant printers … fascinating people and hope for ecology because of liberating us from oil dependance … Stephane Rousseau says that one essential part of all the printers are under “copyright licences” for a big company : for him this is the point. My expertise stops there. You should contact him at Atelier des ingénieux : you have so much to exchange !
        I’m more a visual artist and a poet than an ingenieur. Sorry. But I love my field of work. : ) thank again for your collaborative answers and your great work ! : )

  11. I called the shop Co..o from MOntréal, they do not take Master card so mister or madame journalist what’s next ? : )

    real or false technically it’s possible of course … but did he did it or not ? Who can go and see please ? If it”s real i’ll buy one from him … : )

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