Jules Verne Needed This Gorgeous Steampunk 3D Printer

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Jules Verne Needed This Gorgeous Steampunk 3D Printer


3D printers and steampunk don’t generally go together (feel free to correct me on this), but for some reason this one fits in quite nicely. It’s based on a Printrbot Go, which is built into an unstained folding wooden case. John decided to stain this case, and after adding a few bumpers, the closed 3D printer looks like something out of the 1800s… That is unless you’re looking at the LCD display in the upper-left corner of the box.

Although he never removed the LCD display, (As John points out in the comments below, the LCD was an upgrade, the GO did not come with one)John did replace the bluish one that came with it with an amber-colored display. It still might not pass inspection before the age of transistors, but it does at least fit the color scheme. To compliment, and perhaps distract from, the LCD, analog temperature and humidity dials were added on the opposite side of the enclosure. This decision was justified by the fact that these variables could affect print performance.

Finally, a bronze-colored extruder gear was added to give the internals a bit of steampunk-flavor to compliment the outside’s modifications. Up until this point, the exterior was made to look old, while the inside stayed new-looking. Everything looks great so far; if things keep going it may turn into something steam-powered that mechanically reads punch cards!

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2 thoughts on “Jules Verne Needed This Gorgeous Steampunk 3D Printer

  1. John Davis says:

    Thanks for the props Jeremy!

    Two notes: The GO! didn’t come with an LCD at all (that was a mod) and seems a shame not to include a pic with the suitcase belts installed.

    1. Jeremy Cook says:

      John, happy to feature it!

      Thanks for the correction/addition; sorry I missed those.

  2. rob-bob says:

    need to add air bellows

  3. TenFresh says:

    Amazing work John! Totally lovely. And thanks for the extra open/closed pic. Great to see it with more detail as well.

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Jeremy is an engineer with 10 years experience at his full-time profession, and has a BSME from Clemson University. Outside of work he’s an avid maker and experimenter, building anything that comes into his mind!

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