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VOTW: This Homemade Printer Kicks Ass

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 47 comments

It's been a while since I've done a video of the week post but this clip of a Lego printer is definitely worthy of the title.

There's very little information available about this printer from YouTube user horseattack, other than it's completely homemade (i.e. not from a kit) and uses felt tip pens to ink out each line.

Full YouTube description:

"Lego felt tip 110" printer connected to an Apple Mac. This is not a kit you can buy and does not use mindstorms. I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a "wiring" board."

My favorite part of this 90-second video is the little LEGO men 'operating' the printer. That or the little LEGO man on the pony, because ponies are a necessary component for any LEGO printer.

Lego Printer 'Hello World'

Hat tip for this one goes to my dear dad [he's awesome!--Ed.].

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    daworstplaya , June 2, 2010 9:07 PM
    Awesome! Best printer eva?
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    polly the parrot , June 2, 2010 9:12 PM
    Now that is awesome.
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    letsgetsteve , June 2, 2010 9:12 PM
    This guy is an instant shoe-in for a job at Lego Land! Amazing!
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    nforce4max , June 2, 2010 9:13 PM
    Better than some of those kamikaze printers these days, not ban for a Mac boy/grill.
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    JMcEntegart , June 2, 2010 9:13 PM
    Hat tip for this one goes to my dear dad [he's awesome!--Ed.].

    Tuan has a huge man-crush on my dad.
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    mlcloud , June 2, 2010 9:13 PM
    My god. This is a brilliant advertising scheme for Legos...
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    Pyroflea , June 2, 2010 9:16 PM
    JMcEntegartTuan has a huge man-crush on my dad.


    Pretty cool printer. I'm more fond of the home-made 3d printers personally, such as RepRap. Cool nonetheless :) 
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    flyinfinni , June 2, 2010 9:16 PM
    now THAT is AWESOME. Amazing what people think up to do.
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    twbg4cq , June 2, 2010 9:22 PM
    Lego = Epic Win
    Lego Printer = EPIC WIN
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    twisted politiks , June 2, 2010 9:24 PM
    i wish i had the time and creativeness to make stuff like this :)  hats off to you sir.
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    rockola , June 2, 2010 9:25 PM
    This takes me back to the heady days of the old West Coast Computer Faire in the late '70s, when people were showing off their chicken wire and duct tape laced homebrew projects. It was more fun back then when there was little practical use for these gadgets!
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    in0va3 , June 2, 2010 9:30 PM
    I'd like to try that with markers and replace my printer!
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    JMcEntegart , June 2, 2010 9:32 PM

    Haha, it's true. The original text said "dear old dad" and he removed the world 'old' out of respect!
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    grillz9909 , June 2, 2010 9:43 PM
    Finally a printer with cheap ink
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    halls , June 2, 2010 9:44 PM
    Now THAT is cool.
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    sliem , June 2, 2010 9:47 PM
    This is so cool.
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    batman4u , June 2, 2010 10:05 PM
    Beat That Hp and your 1 billion Nozzles!!! Ink here is ChEEEEAAAP!!!!! and No printer of yours is this Cool!!! In Your Face!!!lol
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    mavroxur , June 2, 2010 10:06 PM
    And the best part is that ink cartridges for this printer run around $0.25 or so if you buy a pack of them. Not $39 each like most brands! :-)
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    g-thor , June 2, 2010 10:09 PM
    I have to ask. What's the DPI on this??? :) 
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    batman4u , June 2, 2010 10:12 PM
    DPI??? dont need to know!!! with all gimmicks and awsome legos youll be blown out of your mind for hours!!!!....and that will do.. 2 pages
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