I've been interested in 3D printing for a while now. There have been a lot of projects I've worked on where being able to 3D print a piece would have been very helpful. Additionally, I just really like the idea of modeling almost anything and then creating it exactly.
However, my personal projects don't really warrant buying a pre-built 3D printer outright. So I started looking into building one of my own. At the time, the options were limited and the volume sizes where small. I have no idea what I'll be printing, but I want as much versatility as possible.
Then I came across the Ingentis. The design allows for any size volume as long as you have the stability and power. I also really like the that most of the movement when printing is done by a small print head and the base (z axis) only moves once per layer. It seems like a very solid design.
I was a little skeptical that I could build one though, since you need to 3D print a lot of the parts for it and the instructions are sparse. But then I found the Eustathios variant and a very active Google+ community behind it and further variants. This variant looks amazing, comes with a full schematic, and the creator is active in the community. This is the printer that I've finally decided to build.
Since I've started this project, version 2 of the Eustathios 3D printer has been created and published. Some, but by no means all, of the printed parts are interchangeable. I recommend using that version or at least those parts that are the same in both, as many improvements have been made.
A finished Eustathios 3D printer (Source: YouImagine)
As I go through this journey, I'll be posting my progress here in hopes of helping others prevent the many mistakes I know I'll be making and to maybe create step by step instructions from it all at the end.