The Maker Machine

Miyuki Weldon
3D Printer
The completed Maker Machine

In this time of remote learning, access to manufacturing tools for students is limited. Ordering a part and having it shipped to you will not replace the exciting feeling of watching it being formed before your eyes or the frustrating but valuable lessons of it failing to properly manufacture your part. To combat these lost experiences, I wanted to design, manufacture, and assemble a moderately low cost 3D Printer that can be hopefully be recreated by engineering students, or anyone with a passion for making, to supplement the lost educational experiences and provide them with the tools to create and innovate in their daily lives.

With the help of an Innovation Catalysts grant through the Jacobs Institute at UC Berkeley, I was able to make this 3D printer a reality. Additionally, I wanted to give this machine the ability to transform into a desktop CNC (computer numerical control) mill, however I did not have enough time this semester. I plan on continuing down this route in the future.

3D Printer

One of the first successful prints

Design Process

First Iteration CAD                                    Second Iteration CAD

When I first began this project, I combed through the vast resources of the internet and was very daunted by the wide range of DIY 3D printer projects and designs. Because I was not looking to reinvent the wheel, I based my models off of open source 3D printers to create a design that I believed was feasible and not too complex for a first time maker of a 3D printer. I spent a lot of time on my first iteration which was very detailed but proved to be too costly. I then started from scratch with a second iteration and replaced the original aluminum frame with a cheaper wooden laser cut frame as well improved designs for the 3D printed components to obtain the second iteration of the model.

Manufacturing and Mechanical Build

3D Printer


Electrical Components

3D Printer



Successful Auto Home and Bed Leveling

More Pictures of the Final Product

Here's a link to my presentation for the grant.
Here's a link to the bill of materials (still in progress).

Where to find me

Berkeley, CA
94709 US

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(909) 633 4298