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Dude, Awesome Lack Hack: Maker in the UK Designs Large Format 3D Printer with IKEA Table

The LACK side table from IKEA, priced at $9.99.

The LACK side table from IKEA, priced at $9.99.

I’ve discovered over time that not everyone loves IKEA as I do. While their furniture generally looks quite amazing when showcased correctly, they’ve gotten a bad rap over time for offering up cheap prices with way too many pieces to assemble, outrageously ridiculous directions that husbands apparently require massive amounts of imported beer to cope with, and although it’s really never been my experience—flimsy results that, ahem, are not said to get better with age.

The making community however has a tendency to enjoy the products of this company that so famously hails from the woods of southern Sweden and is now known by all, whether you own their furniture, have eaten their meatballs, or napped in a display bed in one of their stores. And it’s easy to see why creative types are drawn to the new trend of hacking IKEA wares. You can take their creativity and streamlined style one step further, make it your own, and improve on it. Whether they know it or not, IKEA is supplying makers and hackers everywhere with open-source furniture, as well as the resources to take other projects one step further, as we are seeing in the case of a cool hack that 3D Hubs just shared with us, having some fun on a Friday afternoon at the office.

IKEA tables seem to be a staple for those using IKEA stuff as hacks—or as in the case of the UK’s Wayne Mason-Drust, using them as integrated supporting mechanisms. And releasing his ‘Ultimate IKEA LACK Table Hack,’ on YouTube for the purpose—or re-purpose, rather—of sharing his upcycling and recycling idea has earned him numerous excited comments. One fellow hacker commented on how he so brilliantly ‘re-engineered’ this IKEA item, putting the design right into perspective (the ‘commenter’ used a couple of other choice enthusiastic words, but you can read for yourself there).

tableThe result of Wayne’s project is a 3D printer, made with IKEA parts, that looks amazing. This is a man who was not afraid of assembly challenges, obviously, when he decided to center his new machine around LACK table parts.

Many of us have these tables, and if not from IKEA, then something very similar. They retail for under $10 and function as the perfect night-table for a dorm room or apartment. Note that yes, these tables are easy to assemble; however, Wayne definitely elevated these parts to an impressive new level of functionality and aesthetics. If you delve further into the comments he’s received from the video, you’ll see though that a major concern is that it looks good, but is it actually strong?

“I have printed a Marvin at 100mm/s with low quality 0.5mm build height in four minutes and a detailed one 0.1mm height in 40 minutes,” replied Wayne. “Quality vs speed at 50mm/s–the machine gives great results.”

According to Wayne, he used a size 0.6 nozzle with an E3D Volcano HotEnd connected to a E3D Titan Extruder, along with an MKS SBase controller and MKS TFT using Smoothieware.

“I intend to extend the extension pieces to increase the Z Height and look at other versions of the lack table range now I [that] have a fully working prototype,” says Wayne.

He says that he was able to make the printer for £260 (translating to around $377 USD), but intends to cut that further. At that price there are other printers you could probably buy as kits, but who wants to miss out on being part of the growing cultural phenomenon of the trendy IKEA hack?

Wayne sees it as a great and very affordable way to make a ‘cheap, large format printer.’ He claims his machine is sturdy and lightweight, and will soon also boast a printed heat bed as well as an enclosure.

“Thanks for all the comments. I will be publishing an Instructable shortly with the project being named PRINTTABLE, and PRINTTABLE.com is now under construction,” says Wayne, and it would seem he already has a list of fans waiting to get their hands on these files, with one maker mentioning he already has a LACK table unassembled in storage, ready to go.

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a great 3D printed IKEA hack, from rudimentary 3D printer enclosures to lighting fixtures, vases, and even a cool little bike. Wayne’s idea, however, is the first we’ve seen where the printer’s design relies on and is greatly enhanced by a table that costs only $9.99. Do you have one of these little white tables, and it did it ever occur to you in your wildest dreams that you might see it reconfigured into the new technology of a 3D printer, allowing you to forge ahead in making countless innovations?

Check out the video below for yourself to get a full picture of both the cleverness and real elegance in this design. Wayne will also be entering his 3D printer in the Instructables 3D Printing Contest 2016 sponsored with 3D Hubs, so you can find out more about his design there, as well as perhaps entering your own concept—maybe you too can put some of that not-yet-assembled furniture to use? Are you into IKEA hacking? Discuss further over in the 3D Printer Made with LACK Table from IKEA forum at 3DPB.com.

[Source: 3D Hubs]

Grand Rapids 3D Printing and Wide Format Technologies Open House

Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

Advantage Litho Supply and Advantage 3D Solutions is hosting their annual New Printing Technologies Open house on Thursday, May 14th near Grand Rapids, MI. The latest Epson wide format printers, fast Memjet technology and a variety of professional 3D printers from both 3D Systems and MarkForged will highlight this year’s New Printing Technologies Open House.

Advantage 3D Solutions will be giving 3D printing seminars at 12:00PM and 4:00PM. They will also be offering demonstrations on the latest 3D printing technology from 3D Systems, an innovative leader in 3D printing. Visitors will be able to get a hands-on demo of the ProJet 3500 plastic 3D printer, ProJet 660Pro full color 3D printer and Projet 6000 SLA 3D printer.

Advantage 3D Solutions is excited to announce their partnership with MarkForged, the world’s first carbon fiber 3D printer. The Mark One 3D printer from MarkForged prints nylon with their exclusive continuous fiber CFF™ filaments to create extremely strong, durable parts. The Mark One is an affordable solution for companies wanting to produce strong tooling, fixtures and same day parts.

“We feel that the Mark One 3D printing technology will be a great compliment to the 3D Systems professional and production 3D Printers that we currently represent. With 3D Systems and MarkForged we represent state-of-the-art 3D Printing technology for every 3D printing application and price point,” said Drew Vanderbur, Sales Representative with Advantage 3D Solutions.

Check out the latest 3D printers from 3D Systems and Markforged, or demo the Vortex 4200 Memjet printer, at the New PrintingTechnologies Open House just south of Grand Rapids, MI on May 14th. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day along with a chance for attendees to win a number of give-aways just for showing up. For anyone interested in learning more about the New Printing Technologies Open House or any of the products being displayed contact Drew Vanderbur at dvanderbur(at)advantagelitho(dot)com or 616-891-7900.

About Advantage
Advantage Litho Supply and Advantage 3D Solutions are leading distributors to the graphics arts, additive manufacturing, wide format, and packaging industries for the Northern Midwest with a growing national customer base.

Their state of the art demo center showcases the latest in 3D printing, digital proofing, wide format, workflow solutions, and color management tools. They are located at 8184 Broadmoor Ave. Caledonia, MI, just south of Grand Rapids.