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The 3D Printing Area is located on the top floor of Lansing Makers Network.


Zone Steward: Tim Schmidt

3D Printing Zone Tools / Equipment


  • promote the use of 3D printing technologies within the makerspace - software, hardware, and 3D printed products
  • showcase the makerspace's 3D printing


  • collect / adapt / develop a training curriculum
  • inventory and document printers on this page, linking to firmware, modified parts, etc.
  • create real-life FIXME tags, with a spot to write-in the issue, and a way to affix them to an item
  • organize group-purchase filament orders
  • establish a regular meeting schedule
  • establish LMN-purchased stock, which can be paid for per-print via Cura / Repetier cost estimation
  • purchase / install fast-heating bed heaters on all printers:
  • maintain two or more working 3D printers at all times.

Ongoing Projects

  • 3D print a laser cutter rotational axis:
    • Progress: not started
    • FIXME (unclaimed): download the assembly STEP file, and export each printed part into an STL
    • FIXME (unclaimed): print parts
    • FIXME (unclaimed): assemble and install in laser, connect motor to electronics
    • FIXME (unclaimed): modify laser cutter firmware for rotational axis
  • Get the Makerfarm printing reliably
    • Progress: Hot end installed and tested. Extruding works!
      1. Question: New hot end topped out at 206 degrees, is that a firmware issue?
    • Progress: Jerry Fahner: Longer (blue) probe arm installed, arm angles and offsets determined, firmware reflashed, test print completed. Standard MakerFarm thermister table used but seems to work OK.
    • FIXME (unclaimed): Some tuning needed with Y-stop. The test print caused chatter when homing Y.
    • FIXME (unclaimed): Fan over-cools hot end. A piece of tape on fan helped but a shroud is needed. Reversing fan may help.
    • Progress: Joe Zimmerman: soaked magma hotend in acetone, cleaned with fire, polished and is soaking again in the glass container.
  • Refurbish the solidoodle 2 3D printer
    • Looking for someone to help with the completion of this project.
    • Progress: Joe Zimmerman has started another design for laser-cut base to contain power supply, MEGA / Ramps, Solid State Relay, Terminal Block etc. A mount for the electronics, and LCD also needs to be created, possibly into the front of the base.
    • FIXME (unclaimed): laser cut a test to verify that the dimensions are correct, then laser cut the final version - ply? acrylic?
    • FIXME (unclaimed): install power supply, electronics, LCD
    • FIXME (claimed): run motor and hotend wiring
      1. A crimper and ends to put new ends on the motors and existing wiring are at the space.
      2. The fan will need a DC-DC power step down converter which is on hand at the space, but needs to be set for 12volts
    • FIXME (unclaimed): laser cut improved magnetic side walls
  • Build a Wolfstock extra-large Delta 3D printer
    • Progress: Collecting parts
    • FIXME (unclaimed): print two motor brackets
    • FIXME (unclaimed): pull 3 NEMA-23 motors from the parts area
    • FIXME (unclaimed): acquire makerslide
  • Improve the frame of the Rostock by replacing it's MDF with aluminum extrusion. Some 3D printed parts may need to be replaced.