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How to Build a 3D Printer in 24 Hours

Last weekend the office here at CASA was taken over by the RepRap 3D printer build. The PayItForward team - a group of altruistic people who have RepRap machines, printing parts and gifting them to people who want to make a RepRap machine with the requirement that once the 3D printer is running, they print off a set and pass them on in the same fashion - came in and 24 hours later we had a 3D Printer. Below is a timelapse of the event:

The whole process was documented, it was fascinating to see it coming together:

Three hours in and things were taking shape:

5am in the office and team were still going strong (well most of them):

A huge note of thanks to the build team, Dave Flanders (his site is where a lot of this post is blatantly lifted from), Steven Gray from CASA who did the timelapse and worked over 24 hours on the build without sleep, Ben o-Steen and Graham Klyne. What was our role? merely to provide pizza and beer....

The 3D printer is a thing of beauty, the next 24 hour build party is to be announced soon, watch the PIF3D announcement page and if you’d like to host your own print party sign up on the PIF3D wiki.


  1. This team is so amazing, build in 24 Hours must well prepare and have a good plan to build it. What is the material source they use for printing in 3D.

  2. Anonymous2:17 PM

    how much did it cost to build?

  3. Anonymous8:27 AM

    approx £400

  4. Anonymous5:33 AM

    Awesome.........were do i find it?
    or were will i get the parts.....
    how much will the parts cost me?

  5. Anonymous2:55 PM

    You can find build instructions at

  6. Anonymous12:16 PM

    I'm quite thick, do you think I could build one?

  7. Anonymous5:33 PM

    If your thick then.........NO!

  8. Anonymous6:02 AM

    Am I mistaken or did *none of these videos* actually show the printer printing anything?