Building a 3D Printer for private rapid fabrication

A 3D printer that we built by using DIY resources, which are available through the reprap community as three industrial designers. We have experimented with PLA and ABS materials so far.

In collaboration with Ahmet Burak Aktaş, Koray Benli in 2015
I was responsible for videos, project management, making, and troubleshooting.

The core idea of building a 3D DIY printer was to introduce ourselves to the 'maker culture'. Since we were industrial designers without prior knowledge of the machine automation and components such as stepper motors, timing belts or open beam frames; building 3D printer enable us to work with primary electronic and mechanical parts. In this journey, we also got familiar with model slicers (Kisslicer, Repetier Host etc.) and machine controlling interfaces such as Pronterface.

The components of Corus are the main candle in the bedroom and other “satellite” candles around the home. The app connects to the main candle through the cloud. The satellite candles are connected to the main candle through Bluetooth and can also control the smart lights such as Philips Hue.  Users can control the lights two ways: through the app and by using gestural inputs on the candles themselves.

Joining the Parts

We started by grouping the parts into sets in order to work tidy.


Then we continued with assembling the motors into the frame.


In order to join motors with frames, we used several sizes of bolts and nuts.


Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.


Stand outside the light with other players.


Press the button on the right of your cap in order to start calibration.


Our first printed 10mm³ cubes were 'magical' to us although they measured 9.8x10x11mm's after-print.


Thus we started to debug what is the problem. It took two months of research and trial&error.


We have calibrated and looked for errors multiple times to get the 0.1 mm precision on our prints.

Because of the bad sensor readings; the first crash has become.


Then we started to have fun by exploring open 3D design repos/communities.

Wear your cap. Make sure at the single light sensor is facing forward.


One of team members, Burak, printed a made-to-fit case for his smartphone.


Koray also printed a case for his synthesizer, increased its durability.

Bill of Materials
Bill of Materials
Bill of Materials

1 x Kossel XL kit with printed parts
1 x E3D v6 full metal hot end
3 x Nema17 motors
1 x Planetary geared extruder motor
1 x Set of bolts and nuts (various sizes)
1 x 12V 5A DC Adapter with converter
1 x Set of heat insulating tapes
2 x PLA Filament
2 x ABS Filament 
5 x NTC 3980 100k thermistors
1 x Spare E3D V6-lite hot end kit



1 x Spare PTFE tubes
1 x Wire crimper
1 x Tweezer
1 x Soldering station
6 x Spare Traxxas rod ends
1 x Fire Extinguisher

Printing in Progress